KOMPLIKATIONS: Poverty: LP

I wanted this band to be named after that one Monks’ song and maybe they are? Their music is synth-punk more in line with someone like Screamers (though less raw and unhinged), or bleak coldwave stuff. I could see them on a bill with Total Control or something. At first I thought the full, clear production didn’t suit them, but if they were blown out and fuzzy, you wouldn’t be able to hear the killer synth work. Way more than keyboard bleeps and stabs, there’s atmosphere and color, little explosions, and cool tone work. Not too much, it’s just enough. The lyrics are standard “the world is grey/I’m cold” style. Feels like they’re still getting the hang of things songwriting-wise, but they’re on their way. 

 –Matt Werts (Rockstar)