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Gang Gang Dance
GODíS MONEY
(The Social Registry)

Pulling a Sung Tongs is, depending on how that Animal Collective album sits with you, proof either that the noise band in question just made their best album yet or that they sold out to pop structure. Either way, itís now Brooklynís signature move ó Animal Collective did their part, then Oneida, then Sightings, then Oneida again, and now Gang Gang Dance with Godís Money, their pop follow-up (relatively speaking) to their Gang Gang Dance debut LP on Fusetron and a few other smaller releases on the Social Registry. Here the bandís brute drum-circle past gets squashed for airy melody and a miasma of marimba, delay machines, and whirling instrumental grooves. Gang Gang Dance still rock auxiliary percussion like the pots-and-pans guy at the Park Street T stop, but even on heavily rhythmic songs like "Glory in Itself (Part I)" and "Godís Money V," theyíre eager to develop the beats into certifiable hooks, never letting them fester in the half-baked hope that with repetition something will stick. The haters deride most noise acts as hipster jam-band bullshit, and rightly so, but by engaging their music at every turn, Gang Gang Dance make the genreís rare and only defense.

BY NICK SYLVESTER


Issue Date: June 3 - 9, 2005
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