Roman Numeralsby The Roman Numerals
The Roman Numerals sounds like a great name for a Nuggets-vintage teen garage act, but this Kansas City neo-new wave act stops the wayback machine circa 1984, not 1965. With roots in a tongue-in-cheek Joy Division cover band called Unknown Pleasures, the Roman Numerals (featuring ex-members of Shiner, Season to Risk, and other semi-famous indie bands of the '90s) avoid monochromatic post-punk gloom in their own music. Instead, the overall feel of songs like first single "The Rule of V" has more in common with the moody but danceable synth rock of U.K. acts like the Comsat Angels and American Anglophiles like the Suburbs. Singers William Smith and Stephen Tulipana don't go so far as to affect British accents, but songs like the lugubrious two-part "My Life After Death" and the jittery "Can We Trust Your Architect?" will be instantly familiar to anyone with more than a couple of releases on the 4AD and Factory labels.
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