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by Are We Electric?

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Moon Dawg Many bands have emulated the Man or Astroman? sci-fi surf-punk style. But these guys really nailed it, and wrote rocking original tunes besides. All instro on this album. Favorite track: terra digital.
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„ If ever a band could be described as a power trio, the designation would fit Are We Electric? perfectly. This German bass/drums/guitar unit clobbers the hell out of their respective instruments (and their listeners) for a solid half hour, never letting up. Each song is a madcap dash for some mythical destination with the players sideswiping, spearing and gouging one another’s eyes out with such fervor that they rarely reach the end of the proverbial rainbow. AWE’s barbaric, self-destructive tendencies both make and break NoVoc. Even the most grizzled post-hardcore junkie can’t argue with their trebly instrumental onslaughts. Crisp engineering insures that each note punctures the flesh (the bass tone is particularly deadly), and for all of their angularity, the band never gets so bogged down in mathy see-sawing that they come off as cold or mechanical. This is not one of those “you really have to seem ‘em live to get it” acts – their cock-tastic air raids will come across loud and clear on your home speakers. Phillip Buchan
lost at sea.net, 2005

„Krautrock is nothing new. This German instrumental outfit shies away from the current dirge and drone trend, instead leaning toward prog. Despite the cheesy fifties-era radio samples the group insists upon utilizing to an almost annoying degree, Are We Electric? is not an electric band at all -- their music is an addictive blend of surf and garage that will get its hooks in you early and refuse to let go. Recorded, mixed, and mastered over a mere three days in 2003 (although listeners will be hard-pressed to find fault with the album's production value), Novoc is full-on rock from start to finish; songs like "Segments of Zero", "Terra Digital" and "Transformer", despite their electronic-sounding names, hint at what Faith No More have sounded like if they hadn't hired another vocalist after firing Chuck Mosley back in '88. When Are We Electric? haul out the keyboards, it's usually for effect -- for example, the ray-gun blips at the beginning of "The Connection Between Cause and Effect", one of the album's faster-paced songs. This cut's frenetic drumbeat and slam-fisted bassline propel it to a frenzied peak, from which it dives, gracefullly, into surf-rocking "Automatic Self Control"'s sample-ridden intro. "M.A.G." is another surf-punk classic; its "Rock Lobster" melody will get toes tapping, and the underlying "private eye" narration makes for an eerie experience. Some listeners will find fault with the trio's short, comparatively anonymous rock songs; the band adheres strictly to the three-minute format (only a trio of tracks run longer) and many of them sound a lot alike. However, Are We Electric's unique, updated take on classic styles is a refreshing alternative to typical instrumental indie rock, and begs to be experienced in a live setting. These days, surf-rock and its offshoots are typically relegated to B-movie soundtracks and small, dingy clubs. Are We Electric? deserve better. Their name is probably a stab at their countrymen who prefer keys over six-strings -- reminding us that even in 2005, the electric guitar is still rebellion's favorite instrument. -- David A. Cobb “
splendidezine.com, 2005

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released January 1, 2004

Recorded in 3 Days in summer 2003 at Novasonic Recording in South-Germany.
Released by Red Can Records, Munich, 2004 Can8

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Are We Electric? Stuttgart, Germany

From 2000 till 2006.
2/3 now in BUZZ RODEO.
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