The Warmers, The Warmers

Mark Jenkins

By Mark Jenkins

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
A minimalist trio that puts a DC spin on Gang of Four and Wire.

Ignition, the previous band fronted by Alec MacKaye (Ian's younger brother), was notable for its tensely coiled sound. This minimalist trio added a canny sense of counterpoint, both in the instruments and the vocals. Wire are a likely influence, and the brittle guitar of "Walking Solves It" suggests Gang of Four, but these 14 songs are less obviously beholden to such predecessors than is the neo-punk-funk that subsequently ate New York. With their electrifying call-and-response vocals, songs like "Your Great Escape" proclaim a style that was the Warmers 'own — until the band decided prematurely to abandon it.