Petroleum By-Product is a synth-driven punk band. Their album Superficial/Artificial is surprisingly solid—influenced by all the right people: Nervous Gender, Screamers, Wall Of Voodoo, etc. There’s playfulness with Petroleum By-Product; a sort of B-52’s take on the vapidness of daily life in consumer culture. It’s reinforced vocally by girl group-style call and response in the vein of Fred Schneider/Wilson and Pierson, recalling the halcyon days of planned obsolescence (see the late ‘50s/early ‘60s). It should go without saying that you can dance to this record. The cover art is amazing, too.
–ryan (Mona Mona, myspace.com/petroleumbyproduct)