LOUIS LINGG AND THE BOMBS: Favela Ninja: LP

Holy shit, there is so much going on here. Louis Lingg et al. are a Paris-based collective of flamboyant provocateur types playing a frenetic mash-up of styles—pop punk “whoa oh” choruses, anarcho spoken word bits, sugary electropop backbeats, Siri voice samples, bizarre rap breaks… they really do it all. Song titles include “Twitter Riot,” “Occupy Everything,” and “Rave and Steal,” so that should be pretty self-explanatory. There’s a direct line running from Favela Ninja right back to Chumbawamba, but this also feels like a spiritual successor to the over-the-top punk cabaret outfits that were staples of a lot of Crimethinc-obsessed theatre kids’ CD binders in the early 2000s. That’s a very specific demographic, but how you felt about bands like The World/Inferno Friendship Society should be a direct indicator of whether or not you can handle the zaniness of this band. –Indiana Laub (Self-released, [email protected], louislinggandthebombs.bandcamp.com)