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Basically a track review, this: San Diego, California, band the Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower’s latest EP, INRI, is “INRI” in two incarnations and a Bowie cover of “Boys Keep Swinging”. Sorry, but I can’t really take bands seriously who do Bowie covers since A Plus P’s sweet ode to Williamsburg lambasted the hipster idol-worship. And in any case, the hard-edged cover passes quickly, without leaving much of an impression. “INRI” is built around a crescendo—one of those tracks that builds in texture and intensity, but the MO is pure indie fashion-show: blues-stomp with disgusted, guttural vocals, a Drones sans-ferocity, sans the creepy asymmetrical haircut guitarist who would get drunk onstage swigging directly from the bottle of vodka, all show. No, the Plot seem too calculated by far for that, and it’s a shame, because at the bottom of all their posturing could be an interesting sound. Nick Zinner (the drummer from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs) contributes a remix of the title track, but it seems he’s a drummer more than a remixer, as the military pattern drumbeat overtakes the song, drowning out both the vocals and a peppy brass accompaniment.

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Dan Raper has been writing about music for PopMatters since 2005. Prior to that he did the same thing for his college newspaper and for his school newspaper before that. Of course he also writes fiction, though his only published work is entitled "Gamma-secretase exists on the plasma membrane as an intact complex that accepts substrates and effects intramembrane cleavage". He is currently studying medicine at the University of Sydney, Australia.


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