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The Static Age - Amphibian EP 
By Eric Bodrero

Pulling pages straight out of Robert Smith’s chord book, The Static Age position themselves between low profile indie happy-go-lucky’s to big-time commercial success stories in a matter of a few years. With their latest three song quick-banger Amphibian, The Static Age manage to pull off more of a tribute to 80’s goth rock with the lengthy, hook-laden guitar riffs, engaging yet reverent vocals, and a sobering sense of melancholy that reflects the brilliance of such bands as The Cure, Joy Division, and Bauhaus.

On the song "Amphibian", the fuzzy guitar, shoegazer vocals and vibrant synth cut to the bone, and you’re immediately drawn into a nostalgic slice of heaven. "Vertigo", the EP’s second track, blazes forth with New Order-like bass lines and a darker and heavier premise than "Amphibian", and we’re treated to over six minutes of muffled guitar, picture-perfect drum playing and somber vocals. The final track is "Monument", which serves to darken the mood even further, as we hear frontman Andrew Paley rasp his way through thoughtful lyrics and grinding guitar, Bobby Hackney’s pounding percussion, Sarah Rose-Cameron’s near perfect keyboard, and Adam Meilleur’s moody bass lines until the whole epic gradually comes to a fantastic close.

If Amphibian is any indication, The Static Age is set to garner gobs of fans with their forth-coming full length due March 29th entitled Neon Nights, Electric Lives. Look for them at the SWSX music festival in Austin, Texas on March 16th, and a smattering of west coast dates through mid April.
 



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