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(Between the Buried and Me)
By Mark Hensch

Ahh yes, the vanity project, that time-honored offshoot of bands galore, an alternate avenue when any act can have yet another outfit that is musically the opposite of the original band. Fronting the seminal metalcore act Between the Buried and Me, Thomas Giles Rogers, Jr. lets loose a surprisingly inverted stage persona with his new side-project Giles. While BTBAM plays some seriously heavy stuff, Giles sounds like the naughtiest house club in L.A. doing some hardcore dancing to gritty and freakish video game bleeps and bloops. Crazy, kinky, wicked, and oddly well-arranged, Giles is music for both electronica collectors and those who aren't so much into the genre but rather well-done music that also refuses to compromise entertainment and strong hooks and beats.

Back to the name of the Giles frontman, Thomas Giles Rogers, Jr. It's got kind of a catchy ring to it, doesn't it? So does the Giles sound itself. What drew me into actually reviewing this disc is the fact Giles crafts industrial/house/electroclash music so bloody catchy you can't get it out of you head. Giles is catchy in the same way (as the band somewhat accurately states in its bio) as Fischerspooner and even the Postal Service, except this Postal Service sound is drenched in wicked evil and has the raunchy, playful mischief inherent in a rave filled with stripping go-go dancers. 

Such behavior is apparent in even the first track, "Slumber Party," the industrial raunch anthem that sounds like doors slamming, computers glitching, and an electronic drum freakout or two. "Sea of Skin" is a danceable soundtrack to an "Adults Only" rated videogame soundtrack. 

"Attackin' somehow manages to make a cyber-core monster of cartoonish violence and adrenal fist throwing. It is almost a testosterone-soaked hardcore song pounded through a conveyor belt of industrial soundscapes. 

It's chant of "FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT" will make you want to do just that, regardless of who or what it is. "Naked Brew" is a laid-back electronica jam that sneers at listeners with it's digitized, robotic, and mechanical smile. 

"Desk Seeking Spades" is a foot-tapping house track, and "Beane" slowly speeds up into frantic electronica worthy of some skinny-kid hardcore dancing. "Gup Gown" sounds like more dirty arcade games at the Carnival, and its make-no-sense chant of "Do the Armwrestle" will inspire a few chuckles every spin. 

"Replay" is a slick-as-oil seduction piece, and album closer "Go Centipede" is a nightmarish mixture of industrial/house/electroclash/simple absurdity that will drop some jaws.

I don't know how it was done, but the normally hardcore label of Victory Records has stumbled upon a fairly awesome and entertaining electronica artist, albeit one of their own. Giles twists his own vanity project into an often surreal soundscape of debauchery and almost comedic insanity, and I'd highly recommend it to anyone looking for some passable electronica stuff. Scratch that, above passable. Giles is the man, and this is one "Slumber Party" everyone can have fun at.

CD Info 

Label: Victory
1. Slumber Party
2. Sea of Skin
3. Attackin'
4. Naked Brew
5. Desk Seeking Spades
6. Beane
7. Gup Gown
8. Replay
9. Go Centipede
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