The Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower are a daring young band from California. The band comes together in a whirlwind of jazz, hardcore, and indie. Noisy guitars, jazzy saxophones, and vocals on the edge of screaming make up the Plot's signature sound. I had been anticipating this album a great deal, and I was anything but disappointing. They delivered everything I expected them to, and leave me wanting to hear more, and incredibly excited to hear what this band is going to do next. Songs like 'One Stab Deserves Another' and 'For Marcus' are some of the best off of 'Dissertation, Honey', and encompass their sound quite well. If you are a fan of the Swing Kids, the Blood Brothers, or Refused, you absolutely have to check out this band, you could be missing out on a new favorite. Even if you hate the bands I just mentioned, give the Plot a listen, they're definitely worth your time.
I had heard one song before getting the whole album so I kind of knew what to expect from the band. A good punk/rock type sound mixed with avant-garde jazz complete with saxophone and trumpet. From the intro track with the female voice, I was captivated. This record will have you dancing your ass off one second and break into a jazz breakdown that sounds straight from a spy movie the next. They do this better than anyone could possibly attempt to. The instrumentation isn't all that sticks out as the singers raspy and snotty vocals are a big attention getter. This record is definitely going to be the sleeper hit of 2003. I would love to give it a 10 BUT I will keep it at a nine. Check this out at all costs.
This band was supposed to play at a show I went to a while back, but something came up. I hadn't really heard anything about them so I shrugged it off. It's a shame I did. I really wish I had gotten that opportunity because it wouldn't have taken me so long to find out about this awesome, new band.
There is a lot of chaos between the jazzy, poetic spoken word intro and outro on the relatively short Dissertation, Honey. The Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower have done something that I've been waiting for a long time: merged jazz with punk rock. The songs start out as loud "post-hardcore" sounding (a little too much) like the early Blood Brothers or Swing Kids: sassy vocals, sharp spastic guitars, funky cutting bass lines and fast-paced drums. But what really makes the music exciting is when it launches into to noisy free jazz in the vein of Peter Brotzmann or the Flying Luttenbachers, creating a dissonance that could, but never does, get annoying.
The Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower, in relation to a lot of other bands out there, is pretty original. But I hear a little bit too much of the aforementioned hardcore bands, at times. Nevertheless, these guys are on their way to having a very exciting, distinct style that I think could potentially make them huge. Next time The Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower comes through town, I'll make sure I'm right there in the front, rocking out - you should too.
8.666666666666666666666666667 / 10
Reviewed by 3 writers.
Posted April 14, 2013, 12:44 p.m.
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