A.R.E. Weapons, Modern Mayhem

Amelia Raitt

By Amelia Raitt

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Yep. A.R.E. Weapons are still kicking. For those who lost sight of them amid the dying embers of the electroclash movement, the boys have picked up and moved along to a crusty punk rock sound reminiscent of Jay Reatard or a poorly produced Andrew WK. Indeed, the group eschews fidelity for aggression, proficiency for naiveté. Crucially, though, they don't trade in tunes for squall. "Let's Go to Times Square," "Weird Wild Free" and "Heartbeat" strut peacock-like with the assuredness that only comes with the confidence of a band that knows it has the goods. Rock on.