Caught the Blast

This band is based in Minnesota but makes its musical debut through a British label most recognized for experimental electronic sounds.

This band is based in Minnesota but makes its musical debut through a British label most recognized for experimental electronic sounds. Party of One, which is actually a party of three (bass, guitars, drums), takes the lo-fi aesthetic to the hilt. The band recorded "Caught the Blast" on an 8-track without letting the emotion rise above monotone levels. This has the effect of emphasizing the dark and not-so-subtle humor of songs like "Baghdad Boogie" and "Belgrade Sends Its Regards." The exception is when bassist Terrika Kleinknecht sings on a few selections, the best being the shrieking, pouty and utterly charming "Baby Doll." Don't be surprised if the buzz on this band builds in Europe first.—TP