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Roxy Epoxy & The Rebound
Bandaids On Bullet Holes
Metropolis Records
www.roxyepoxy.com


There is no doubt in my mind that the spirit of the 1980s lives on, and every once in a while an album comes along that totally reinforces that theory. Building on the synth-heavy pop of the early 80s, Roxy Epoxy And The Rebound form their own sound, integrating modern rhythmic elements and an aggressive attitude that belies their easy-to-listen-to sound. Roxy herself sounds like an agitated Deborah Harry, or perhaps an angsty version of Susan Ann Sulley from The Human League. Bandaids On Bullet Holes is filled front to back with hooky, synth-laden tracks that scream for your attention, beginning with the gritty riffs of "Walls". The band invokes the new wave spirit on this opening track, building in great fuzzy guitars and groovy drums to foreshadow the goodness that is to come. "New Way" falls back into almost pure synthesizer territory, with Roxy banging out the rhythm with her vocals as she diatribes "Sometimes there's no forgiveness, sometimes there's things to say/sometimes there's rolling blackouts, it's who's fault anyway?/There are no faulty concepts, there are no things to say/They say the sky is falling, the price is so cliché". Guitars chime in to add a vicious depth to the song as it escalates into a rocking chorus before doubling time and wallowing in its pure 1980's musical bliss. The band launches into an almost rockabilly swing on "This Twist" while Roxy sings about pills and addiction; the song invokes the spirit of The Damned with a lighter twist, but the same menacing growl mixes with some prime grrrl rock. "Svengali" not only resurrects the '80s in its sound, but also in its allegorical lyrics and stuttering approach. Nowhere does Roxy sound more like Blondie than here, but The Rebound really carries the show, filling the synthy song out with crunchy guitars and tight drumming. "Lola's Vision" draws deeply on the band's synth roots, building string pads and gritty lead lines into a catchy and beguiling tale about something and nothing at all.

Bandaids On Bullet Holes is a wonderful trip down memory lane, while introducing the world to a talent that far supercedes mere camp or retro-nostalgia. Roxy Epoxy makes music that is immediately likeable, but also vicious, menacing, and exciting… eagerly drawing the listener into her weirdly encapsulated Wonderland, complete with blue and red pills and a set of strange characters and their unique stories.

-L. Keane

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