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Post Industrial Boys

Trauma

(Maxernst; US: 7 Nov 2006; UK: 30 Oct 2006)

Post Industrial Boys is actually the work of one guy, George Dzodzuashvili, who tends to go by the quite-shortened name of “Gogi”.  What this Gogi fellow was trying to accomplish with Trauma, the second album from his Post Industrial Boys project, isn’t entirely clear—the most obvious thing about the album is just how emotionless it all is, from its mellow-but-skittery electronics to the all-but-monotone vocals that insist on marring every single track.  The style is perfect for creepy little ditties like the noir-esque “Encounter” and the quick, dark undercurrents of “Paradise”, but a couple of tracks are bound to stick when you throw 20 against the wall.  This is the music of a brave new world, where emotion is eliminated and only structure remains.  Most egregious is an utterly banal take on Lou Reed’s seminal “Walk on the Wild Side” (here mis-named “Take a Walk on the Wild Side”) that saps the song of its sleaze, its attitude, its entire raison d’être, leaving only the words, the doodoots, and a silly little synth line to pick up the slack.  Needless to say, it utterly fails.  As does Trauma, as anything other than the soundtrack to a sterile office building where hope is lost and only the vague stench of a once noble concept like progress remains.

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Mike Schiller is a software engineer in Buffalo, NY who enjoys filling the free time he finds with media of any sort -- music, movies, and lately, video games. Stepping into the role of PopMatters Multimedia editor in 2006 after having written music and game reviews for two years previous, he has renewed his passion for gaming to levels not seen since his fondly-remembered college days of ethernet-enabled dorm rooms and all-night Goldeneye marathons. His three children unconditionally approve of their father's most recent set of obsessions.


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