"Kill for Your Love" (Barred Records; 2019)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Even after quite a bit of research on the ol' internet, I can't tell you much about Electric Peace except that they've been around for awhile. This release, "Kill for Your Love," seems to have been released in 2019, and maybe it was, but I don't know whether the music here is all new or partially compilation-based. The reason I say that is because I found a single for "Kill for Your Love" on eBay dated 1989. So, I'm just going to ignore that part of the review and talk about the music here.

"Kill for Your Love" is some wild stuff. It's like punk rock merged with lounge music mixed in with some new wave (a la The B-52s). At times, it's hard and edgy, at others it's  smooth and perky and at others still it sounds a little like pop standards (Track 7, "Something's Wrong," at least until that razor-wire guitar solo comes in). Their CDBaby web page says they recommend Electric Peace if you like The Dead Kennedys, Johnny Cash or The Cramps so that should tell you something.

The one place 'Kill for Your Love" remains consistent is that it's always interesting. The fact that the above-mentioned "Something Wrong" is followed by "Smiling Shadows," a fast-paced track, complete with an organ solo, that could be the theme for an action/adventure TV show--and that both tracks are equally entertaining--is evidence of that. My favorites were the title track with its Dick Dale guitar intro, jaunty pace and its very B-52s vocals, the aforementioned "Smiling Shadows" and the cacophony that is "Poor Little Girl." (Funny that those are tracks 7, 8 and 9 respectively).

"Kill for Your Love" is a pretty solid album, even if it is a compilation of sorts (and, again, I don't know that it is). Regardless, I enjoyed listening to it. I would recommend you check them out online, give them a listen and see if maybe their music is for you, too.

For more information, check out http://www.electricpeace.net and pay particular attention to the "Confessions" tab. I found it quite entertaining. 

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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