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Thunderbirds Are Now!
JUSTAMUSTACHE
(Frenchkiss)

Hereís further proof that timing and the size of a bandís label can mean more than it should, and that every big-hype band is followed closely by three zero-hype bands a billion times more interesting. On their second album in two years, Detroitís neo-wave Thunderbirds Are Now! deserve every last drop of yellow Bloc Party ink and then some. The Birds know theyíre Les Savy Fav-orites up-down-left-and-right, but even more than melody they value the unexpected: each song has three or four bits that flat-out blindside. The idea that you shouldnít expect much from rock lyrics may explain the cult of the lazy rock songwriter. But "Hereís a message to the crowd/It wonít rain, not a single cloud/But tomorrow itís gonna pour" ("From: Skulls") ainít bad for a chorus. And the attitude-heavy "Youíve got a big mouth with big words spilling out it/Come here, give me a kiss/With vocabulary lips" ("Better Safe Than Safair") is better than the entire second half of Bloc Partyís Silent Alarm.

(Thunderbirds Are Now! open for Enon on Thursday June 9 at T.T. the Bearís Place, 10 Brookline Street in Central Square; call 617-492-BEAR.)

BY NICK SYLVESTER


Issue Date: May 20 - 26, 2005
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