The existence of Moving Units is a sure sign that the '80s post-punk revival has reached critical mass.
The existence of Moving Units is a sure sign that the '80s post-punk revival has reached critical mass. It takes a fair number of artists working in the same vein for one to come up with a record as unremarkable as "Dangerous Dreams." This debut full-length merely adds to the pile of self-consciously disaffected new wave. It's not bad. It's not good. It's just there, like a magazine at the dentist's office. The Los Angeles trio borrows gratuitously from Gary Numan ("Anyone"), the Fall ("Bricks & Mortar") and Interpol ("Scars"). Too often, songs that start out interestingly enough ("Between Us & Them") quickly become deadening. Singer/ guitarist Blake Miller has a serviceable Brit-pop croon, and bassist Johan Boegli and drummer Chris Hathwell sometimes mesh in a semi-interesting way. They all came up with a great pun for a name. At no point, however, do Moving Units sound inspired by anything other than the latest style of T-shirt.—JM