Parts & Labor – Mapmaker

My Rating: 9/10
Genre/ Tags: Noise Rock, Experimental

Why does it seem like the best bands always come from New York City? What do they got goin’ on over there that the rest of us don’t have access to? Probably nothing, but it’s still kind of fun to think of it that way. So if you haven’t already guessed, today’s band hails from the Big Apple, otherwise known as the wonderful New York City. They have been known to go by the name Parts & Labor, and yes, you need to use the ampersand. They don’t take too kindly to the word “and”.

Parts & Labor have been an active band since the palindromic year of 2002, and since then they have released a few full lengths on Jagjaguwar Records and a few 7″ records, one of which they split with another band by the name of Big A Little A. More of that here. Their latest effort, entitled “Receivers”, was released in 2008 and it brought in some positive reviews for the band. Now all we have to do is wait around for another release, but my guess is that it’s going to be pretty soon considering their last was in 2008. Whether it’s sooner or later, people are still going to be ecstatic to hear more from this energetic noise rock band. After hearing a song like “Fractured Skies” or “The Gold We’re Digging” (I have “Fractured Skies” uploaded for you below this post), how could you not want to dig further and listen to more from this band? Just about every last song on this album has that constant, in your face speed that just forces you to tap your feet along to the beat. If “Fractured Skies” doesn’t do anything for you (wtf?), or leaves you begging for more, then I suggest you check out songs like “Brighter Days”, “Vision of Repair”, “Fake Rain”, “Unexplosions”, “New Crimes”, and “Knives and Pencils”. Thanks for reading, and always be sure to check back for more! Yesterday was the busiest day here at the Styrofoam Drone since it’s beginning, so let’s look to beat that record again today! Woo!

Parts & Labor – Fractured Skies

Mapmaker: Tracklist
1. Fractured Skies
2. Brighter Days
3. Vision of Repair
4. The Gold We’re Digging
5. New Crimes
6. Long Way Down
7. Ghosts Will Burn
8. Unexplosions
9. Camera Shy
10. King of the Hill (Minutemen cover)
11. Fake Rain
12. Knives and Pencils

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