The cover has a picture of skyscrapers with clothes drying on clotheslines drawn in—very appropriate considering the title. On one side of the 7” is “Luxury Condos for the Poor.” The flip has two tracks: “No Allies” and “Art Machine.” The a-side and “No Allies” have a post-hardcore sound à la D.C. They also kind of have an At The Drive-In sound minus ATDI’s pop appeal. The lyrics are politically charged on the front and personal on the back. They have a sound that I don’t hear too often these days; though, I don’t seek it out, either. Nonetheless, it’s a sound that’s always kind of refreshing to hear. “Art Machine” is white noise. I’m going to give ‘em the benefit of the doubt and say that it’s a (much needed) critique of “bands” that pass off the bullshit noise they make as art. Thankfully, it only lasts for a few seconds.
–Vincent (Terra Firma Limited)