Moving Units [EP]

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
On their self-titled debut EP, the Moving Units present four catchy, if not entirely convincing, expressions of the post-punk-disco revival. The band's influences -- which include Gang of Four, ESG, A Certain Ratio, and a hint of Wire -- are so solid that it would be difficult to create bad music inspired by them, but the Moving Units don't do much that transcends their inspirations, either. Unfortunately, the group also pales a bit in comparison to some of their contemporaries who mine the same influences and musical territory: they're not as menacing or kinetic as the Liars, as lyrical as Out Hud, as expansive as the Rapture, or as immediate and attitude-driven as ...
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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
On their self-titled debut EP, the Moving Units present four catchy, if not entirely convincing, expressions of the post-punk-disco revival. The band's influences -- which include Gang of Four, ESG, A Certain Ratio, and a hint of Wire -- are so solid that it would be difficult to create bad music inspired by them, but the Moving Units don't do much that transcends their inspirations, either. Unfortunately, the group also pales a bit in comparison to some of their contemporaries who mine the same influences and musical territory: they're not as menacing or kinetic as the Liars, as lyrical as Out Hud, as expansive as the Rapture, or as immediate and attitude-driven as Radio 4. Still, Moving Units is by no means bad; particularly on the EP's first two songs, "Between Us & Them" and "X and Y," the group brings a uniquely androgynous twist to their angular-yet-danceable sound, mixing fey, almost trilled vocals and pretty guitar tones with urgent rhythms. The oversaturated, basement-quality production on the EP also gives it an added credibility boost and covers some weak lyrics like: "I know it's so sleazy/But you cannot resist because it's so easy" from "Melodrama". Right now, the Moving Units are competent but not especially original within the style they've chosen to express themselves; that said, their songs work well enough in the moment so that it's hard to hold their lack of originality against them, particularly if you're partial to any of the bands -- past or present -- to which they're similar.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/4/2003
  • Label: Palm Pictures (Audio
  • UPC: 660200800222
  • Catalog Number: 8002

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Between Us & Them (3:28)
  2. 2 X and Y (4:39)
  3. 3 I Am (2:35)
  4. 4 Melodrama (3:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Moving Units Primary Artist
Chris Hathwell Group Member
Blake Miller Group Member
Johan Boegli Group Member
Technical Credits
Chris Hathwell Producer
Blake Miller Producer, Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Newly converted

    The new album dangerous dreams is phenomenal. Personally, i'm a skater and the fact that a new kind of band with more creativity than the current "post-punk" or "pop-punk"(a contradictory term if i ever saw one) movement is around acts as my savior. I found this band's song "Between us and Them" with Foundation skateboard's own Leo Romero's part in That's life breath-taking and a nice complement to the skating. Props for the Moving Units, I know i've found a new band to follow, and a d@mn good one at that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Cool new sound!!!

    Very cool band. Reminds be a bit of the strokes. Really sounds like nothing else. Definately check this one out. I see big things in the future for this one.

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