Looks like this ‘80s synth revival has legs, after all. The movement, spawned by the spectacularly successful Killers, and kept going by the likes of The Bravery, The Lovemakers, Communique, and newbies like We Are Scientists and Group Sounds, has left an indelible mark on the alternative music scene over the past two years. And with their debut single, London’s Boy Kill Boy look to add their name to the legion of acts reincorporating synthesizers into mainstream alternative music. Housed on Fierce Panda, the seminal UK label known for launching the careers of such luminaries of the music galaxy as Coldplay, Keane, Placebo, The Music and countless others, BKB’s initial offering is a spiky trek across the sonic landscape. Jangly guitars duel with warm synth lines on “Suzie”, evoking a Dr. Frankenstein-like melding of The Jam and the aforementioned Killers. Clocking in at under three minutes and twenty seconds of pop goodness and containing the recurring (and very Morrisseyesque) lyric of “countdown to the disappointment”, Boy Kill Boy have fired off a powerful first shot with their debut. Are there equally enjoyable moments in this quartet’s future? Only subsequent releases will prove that out, but in the meantime, live in the moment and enjoy “Suzie” for the addictive pop injection that it most certainly is.
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