Dead Kids - Fear And Fluoride

It's the scuffle that follows an unsavoury incident involving New Order calling Bloc Party rude names at a packed warehouse party in Liam Howlett's back garden.

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Released 20 Nov 2007 | | By Richard Stokoe | Rating: 4
Dead Kids - Fear And Fluoride

Could this be the dawn of post nu-rave? 'Fear And Fluoride' might suggest as much. With its unwavering four-to-the-floor rhythm it's plainly aimed at the dance floor, but there's so much going on, it's like an explosion of influences - a multi-genre mosh-pit in song form. It's the scuffle that follows an unsavoury incident involving New Order calling Bloc Party rude names at a packed warehouse party in Liam Howlett's back garden. In other words, synth pop exchanges blows with post punk edge and urgency, a huge synth-blasted rave chorus, and vocals delivered with the determination and mania of a revenge obsessed Kele Okereke.

'Dark Party' is cut from the same chaotic cloth - a colourful and anthemic clash of thrills, pills and bellyaches. Played loud, there can't be many better ways to give yourself a migraine.