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Man Without Machines - 'The Kreuzberg Press'

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on 05 March 2013 in Albums & EPs
Record Label Man Vs Man records
Rating 8/10

Influenced heavily by 80's synth pop and European politics, Dundee five-piece, Man Without Machines, sound somewhere between Human League, New Order and OMD with slabs of indie from the likes of Pavement. Current single, and opener, ‘Even Still Even Though’ is a punchy Gary Numanesque electro pop ballad that captures Art Brut’s lyrical style. ‘Anyway’ quickly kicks in with heavy drum and stabbing synths, the electro indie track is about the alluring nature of consumerism and fits nicely alongside ‘Share The Love’ which focuses more on the current bank crisis. The album title itself refers to Kreuzberg in Berlin – a region notable for its radical and counter-cultural movements in arts and music. Lead singer, and driving force, Adam Lockhart’s fascination with Bowie and Iggy Pop, along with the German newspapers and publishers, led to the album title and underlying political themes throughout the album. Whilst the subject matter is at times heavy, and oft obscure ('Peterloo' apparently refers to the 1819 Peterloo Massacre in Manchester when cavalry crushed a parliamentary reform demonstration), pop sensibilities, inventively vague lyrics, and waves of upbeat electro combine to provide a dose of real infectious pop.

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