She Wants Revenge





I had first heard about She Wants Revenge many months ago when a handful of radio dudes asked me about them. A single was sent out to a few radio guys (and gals) a while back, with no contact information listed on the sleeve. Needless to say, people were freaking out over the song, so I made a point to track this down to hear it for myself. Fast forward to present day. The band has now released their self-titled debut album online via Flawless/Geffen. This Los Angeles duo is comprised of DJs Justin Warfield and Adam 12, who together made an album that walks a fine line between dance and goth. The record features one of the best opening tracks of the year, "Red Flags And Long Nights", dripping with major influences by Joy Division. Warfield and Adam 12 definitely absorbed the energy of Ian Curtis in a big way. You could say the same about a similar band, Interpol, who obviously listened to mountains of Joy Division records and captured that sound as well. When comparing these two bands, it is interesting in that their major influences stem from the same sources, yet the two took these sounds in very different directions. She Wants Revenge is much more direct, slapping you in the face with their dance-oriented pop that definitely caters to the Peter Murphy and New Order crowds. "These Things" shows off the album’s dark sexual undertones during Warfield's near-emotionless chorus about a woman pleasuring herself in the bathroom. Oooh saucy! "Tear You Apart" sounds like a track that could have easily come from Bauhaus, with a simple drum machine providing the backbone to aggressive bass lines and Warfield's monotone vocals. As a long time fan of Bauhaus, this is easily one of my favorite tracks on the record. She Wants Revenge isn't doing anything new or truly groundbreaking. What they are doing is taking the best of a specific period in music and pushing that sound back into the spotlight.

She Wants Revenge
Flawless/Geffen

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She Wants Revenge