Double Exposure

Double Exposure

by Trans Champs
     
 

Trans Champs is the unexpected by-product of two of indie rock's most noted instrumental groups: Chicago's blip-and-beep rock sound experimentalists Trans Am and San Francisco's power metal trio the Fucking Champs. It may sound a bit out of the ordinary, but each group has already dabbled with the other's style, and once they join forces to…  See more details below

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Trans Champs is the unexpected by-product of two of indie rock's most noted instrumental groups: Chicago's blip-and-beep rock sound experimentalists Trans Am and San Francisco's power metal trio the Fucking Champs. It may sound a bit out of the ordinary, but each group has already dabbled with the other's style, and once they join forces to create the ultimate six-piece rock montage, it all makes perfect sense. Opening with the cheesy power-ballad-styled "Give It to You," the record gets off to a weird tongue-in-cheek start, but it doesn't take too long for things to fall into place for the remainder of the five-track EP. The aptly titled and technologically sound "The Big Machine" opens with the computerized beats and synths of classic Trans Am, but it isn't long before a wailing guitar augments the mix and proves that the whole concept really is a good idea. The centerpiece of the disc is a two-song cycle entitled "First Comes Sunday Morning" and "Then Comes Saturday Night." Part one is a gorgeous acoustic interlude with strings and flutes, and the second section rehashes the melody Champs style with plenty of '80s metal zest. Double Exposure isn't as mind-bending as it could be, and the Champs seem to be holding back from their usual brutal assault for most of it, but it is still a strong collaboration that will hopefully yield further work from two groups who work so well together.

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Release Date:
10/23/2001
Label:
Thrill Jockey
UPC:
0790377010725
catalogNumber:
107
Rank:
300581

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