Unable to avoid judging a book by its cover syndrome, even reading their name and looking at the album sleeve there's a blatant suspicion that Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt's debut album may be a crazy mixture of psychedelic, experimental weirdness. Once the tracklisting is deciphered through hectic and uncomfortable multicoloured artwork, more clues are found in track titles 'Iotdwkirthbr', whatever that means, and 'In Your Face Sickness'. In listening to I Love You I Love You I Love You & I'm In Love With You! Have An Awesome Day!, however, these suspicions are proven entirely correct.
Opener 'Snakebites' has an air of Arcade Fire meets Flaming Lips crossed with the nasal, heavily American accented vocals of Blink 182's Tom DeLonge; immediately a weird blend. Throughout the track, driving military snare punctures through the synth and guitar bed over which group vocals meander. Already suggesting simple harmonies and rambling songwriting presented through mob-rampages such as 'Grouphug', I Love You I Love You I Love You & I'm In Love With You! Have An Awesome Day! is proven as not exactly easy and comfortable listening.
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