Handsome Furs – “What About Us”
April 13, 2011, 8:55 pm
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The extracurricular output of Dan Boeckner and Spencer Krug has long eclipsed their combined efforts in Wolf Parade in both thrills and quality.  However, Handsome Furs has not been afforded the same respect and praise that Krug’s Sunset Rubdown has received (and I say this as an evangelical Krug fan).  This bums me out a great deal because what Boeckner and his wife, Alexei Perry, create as Handsome Furs is every bit as vital and adventurous as Sunset Rubdown.  Not to mention, their blazing live shows function as a phenomenal PDA for marriage.  Their forthcoming third album, Sound Kapital, is the first they’ve written entirely on keyboards – although a smattering of scuzzy guitar appears on “What About Us”, the album’s excellent first single.  Taking inspiration from the electronic and industrial music of 1980s Eastern Europe, “What About Us” still sounds very much like the band did on Face Control just with less guitar and more Trans-European thrust.

Sound Kapital is out 6/28 on Sub Pop.

Download MP3: “What About Us”

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