A Thousand Years of Deconstruction is a re-release of the debut EP by Scandinavian outfit The Megaphonic Thrift. It offers an exciting preview of a band set to take their own quirky brand of indie-punk to the masses, which they did to a small extent with their first album Decay Decoy last March. A Thousand Years of Deconstruction serves as a reminder of their roots.
The EP kick-starts with the one-two high octane combo of Acid Blues and Exploding Eyes; the former a bouncy, no frills almost pop punk stomp; and the latter a more cerebral but equally bouncy song with angular guitar fills and catchy vocal melodies. Unfortunately, due to how they have been produced, very few of the lyrics are understandable, so they do tend to fade more into the background. This is problem is present throughout the EP, but the strength of the songs counterbalance it, and make it no more than a minor distraction at worst.
Track 3: Every Time (Oxygen) is a more restrained lo-fi sounding acoustic song, which plods along at its own steady rhythm and, although it offers respite from the kicking assault of the first two songs, it struggles to maintain interest levels.
The EPs closing combo of Son of J and A Thousand Years of Deconstruction offer up a raucous and noisy ending to rival the opening combo. Son of J in particular is a fast paced 2 minute indie/pop/punk masterpiece with a wonderfully discordant guitar solo, breaking into howls of feedback. It really wakes you back up after the mediocre slump in the middle of the track list.
In conclusion, A Thousand Years of Deconstruction is a great introduction to a band just finding their feet. It is an EP of great ideas that seem to just get lost a little in the execution and lo-fi production values.