Promising debut from Philadelphia trio.
Founded in Portland, Oregon Voodoo Economics relocated to Philadelphia in 2005. The trio’s music isn’t easy to categorize -- ranging from the ominous industrial banging of the opening track "Time to Drive" to the vaguely ska-inflected "Fold Up Your Mumblings" (which to my ears sounds like vintage English Beat filtered through a bunch of effects, with vocals by Karen O.) to the prog-influenced guitar on "The Secrets of Getting Things Done". The band features the versatile vocals of Alison Conard (who also contributes Rhodes, synthesizers, guitar, and "pedal wizardry"), as well as instrumental contributions from Justin Gibbon (drums, synthesizers, and "Klang") and Jeremy Prouty (bass, synthesizers, and vocals). From the vaguely creepy silk-screened anglerfish on the cover to the hand-lettered liner notes, the band has clearly put a lot of energy into this debut EP. Although it’s a bit all over the map stylistically, they’re clearly headed in the right direction.