A number of touches make this rocking CD a blend of hard Goth, dark wave, alt, and several other modes. Count Killing Miranda, The Church, the crunchy period of Ministry, a bit of Mission UK, Killing Joke, Television, early Ultravox, and a porridge of similar 80s and post-80s groups alongside earlier antecedents like the Who, the Kinks, and etc. The vocals (haven't the least idea who by, as no one's credited with chores and duties in the liner) are solid punk / new wave era, meaning: a bit weak a la Bauhaus and other bands which never quite grabbed what they were reaching for. These guys, however, are a lot more successful at it than that bafflingly esteemed old band.
An oscillating blend of pounding, snotty and/or cynical attitudes (bit o' Lydon here and there), proto-rock, sloppy/sharp often atonal playing, and non-stop forward propulsion mark Whole Sky Monitor as an energetic pub band for those not overly enamored of The Ramones or Motorhead, wanting something a bit more sophisticated while nicely headbanging. Thus, it's a bit surprising when they go pop in La Mouche, and to great success, sounding as though a Left Banke by way of Rain Parade and one or two grittier ensembles with more road wear on 'em and less innocence.
It's obvious this quartet paid a lot of attention to punk in its better incarnations crossed with the Akron sound and side-alley roadshow inventions, coming a lot closer to a progressive sound a number of times, arty but jaggedly so. Idiot God blends all those modes powerfully while remaining Everymanesque in a bombed-out chapel teetering on the brink of dissolution. And, yeah, I hafta agree with the promo lit that there is indeed a goodly bit of early Wire as well.
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