Now on DVD: Ghostland Observatory
Maybe you love sequencers and robotic electronic dance beats. Maybe you don’t. Yet how you feel about this Austin electro-rock duo, a budding national phenomenon whose ferocious energy explodes on Live From Austin TX (New West)—originally a July 2007 Austin City Limits taping—really comes down to one thing: your take on Aaron Behrens’s vocals. An acquired taste, Behrens’s AC/DC yelping hovers in the same range for every tune. He makes up for it by being a commanding front man, strutting with Jagger-esque attitude, while his more static bandmate, the caped Thomas Turner, plays live drums and keys mixed with all manner of preprogrammed beats. But the real magic occurs when Behrens dons the guitar and the pair stretches out.