Wednesday, June 19, 2013

POLYSICS - “Weeeeeeeeee!!!”

JPU002 - POLYSICS - WeeeeeeeeeeWith explosive, highly infectious electro-synth tunes, POLYSICS is back with their latest release “Weeeeeeeeee!!!” as they continue to spread their unique style of ‘technicolor pogo punk’. Bringing to life a sound fused with retro video game effects and crazy high energy, this album is built for everlasting fun.

If you are looking for an album to run off and dance the night away with, this is it. This album is a hyperactive ball of energy that just keeps on rolling; each of the songs fit and fuse together perfectly. From start to finish, POLYSICS does not disappoint.

Out of all the songs to start this explosively fun album, "Sparkling Water" is an amazing choice. Combining a dash of punk rock and fun electro beats, this fast-paced song sets the mood for the rest of the album. One of my favorites has to be the following track, "Lucky Star." The accompanying video to this awesome piece is so random and out of this world. I can easily picture this song being a part of any anime. It is definitely one of the songs that stood out to me.

Another fun song that shortly follows is "Distortion." As its title would suggest that tune plays around with a number of distortions, most notably with the vocals. From the first moment of this song, I could not help but dance around as if I was running a mini marathon. I just could not sit down.

Moving temporarily away from the more heavily synthesized beats, "Steam Pack" showcases the more punk-rock side of POLYSICS. I rather enjoyed the balance and the heaviness between the guitar and bass throughout. Shortly thereafter, the band moved back into their skillful electronic ways with "Ice, Tights, Mike", as it fused beautifully with their punk style.

The next two tracks "Why" and "Quiet Smith" brought to life a heavier tune than the previous on this album, especially "Quiet Smith." Alongside "Lucky Star", another favorite of mine is "Kitchen Ban Ban." When I first listened to this song, it reminded me of old video games I used to play being fused together in one song. It is fantastic.

A bit of classic video game nostalgia carries on in track 9, “Lightning Express”, which starts off with a short punk-inspired video game-esque intro before it picks up with synthesized vocals and a new melody.  This song continues to jump around between different sections, keeping the listeners on their toes; all while dancing to this upbeat and fun song.  “Raptus”, has less techno feel, and overall it's probably one of the more relaxed songs on the album. That being said, it's certainly not boring.  Filled with a riveting riff, great bass, and a nifty electronic backbeat and solo - it is truly one of a kind.

The next song, “High Kcal”, is exactly that. While this might be the shortest song, it certainly packs an energetic punch, helped out with playful lyrics and a sugary feel, High Kcal is sure to entertain and leave you wanting more.  High Kcal leads into “Everybody Say No”, which can only be described as “techno-tastic”. The vocals in this rocking song are overly synthesized which combines well with some great guitar work; the result is something only POLYSICS could create.  This is another song that I wish would have been longer, as it was my favorite.

“Round The World”, starts off with a nice guitar intro, which is actually repeated later in the song, and video-game sound effects like a laser.  One of the interesting points to this song is the female vocals, which add that much more to the song.  There is so much happening that it is a real delight to the ears, as you aren't sure what will come next.

Next up is the title track, “Weeeeeeeeee!!!”, which is another song true to its name.  This song, and album, are just an amazing ride with ups, and downs, and surprises that throw you for a loop.  This piece actually includes a little bit of rapping, which truly surprised me. Of course, the word “Weeeeeeeeee!!!” is befittingly repeated several times throughout the song in the energy-packed chorus, making it a song that you’ll truly want to experience at a live concert.

Luckily, this isn't the last song on the album, as it includes three bonus tracks!  The first one being, “No Control”.  I can guarantee that the band had some control in making this piece, as it's truly a joy to listen to.  Although it combines video-game sound effects, fun lyrics, and more great guitar work, it unfortunately came to a completely abrupt end, which left me a little empty; desperate for more.

The next one “Watson 2012”, has a total electronic feel to it, or at least in the beginning.  At 00:53, this song gets a total punk-makeover for a little bit, before switching back to the electronic tune.  This switch repeats again, but at 1:55, this song takes on a whole new feel to it; one that you'll have to hear for yourself to understand and enjoy.  The last track on the album, “ KI.KA.I.DA! 2012”, is a heavy-hitter that just punches you in the face with a constant and consistent beat, heavy guitars, and synthesized vocals. 

This album mixes a DEVO-like sound, with great instrumentals to create a totally new listening experience.  You never know what you're going to get next, although I'm sure you'll enjoy it which is why I give this album a 9.5/10.  Make sure to get your copy as soon as possible! UK and European fans rejoice, as this album released on June 10th courtesy of JPU Records.


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TOISU!! This review of “Weeeeeeeeee!!!” was written by Rita Nokkaew (tracks 1-8) and Michelle Gaynor (tracks 9-17). Edited by Alicia Thomas. Many thanks to JPU Records for allowing us the opportunity to review POLYSICS' new album.

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