Brooklyn's Parts and Labor are eclectically electric. - Oh My Rockness

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Brooklyn's Parts and Labor are eclectically electric.

September 29, 2004
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New York's Parts and Labor make bagpipes rock like they've never rocked before. On their amazing split with Tyondai Braxton last year (Rise, Rise, Rise) what immediately set the band apart was their amazing implementation of those favorite Scottish pipes into their own blend of math-rock and electric beeps. Surprisingly this unlikely marriage worked and we were immediately hooked.

But bagpipes are only the beginning of this trio's instrumental arsenal. Keyboardist/electrician Dan Friel, bass player BJ Warshaw and drummer Jim Sykes fuck things up so much that to call them post-rock, post-punk or even experimental would just confuse people. Instead, think June of 44 meets Can meets Hella meets Kraftwerk, complete with irrepressible catchiness and foot-bashing beats. Perhaps most notable of all, Parts and Labor twist and distort just enough to be challenging, yet carry through with a melody that ultimately makes them entirely accessible. Look out for these dudes.

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