Joey Chelius and Will Komas are Bueller Bueller. The band has stated they love bands like Talking Heads, The Police, The Cure, The Smiths, U2, Depeche Mode and New Order. After taking a listen to their self-titled EP Bueller Bueller this fact seems evident. There are guitar lines which reminded me of U2 and synth parts that certainly have some reverence to New Order. Bueller Bueller certainly isn't the only recent band influenced by new wave. Bands like Cut Copy and Passion Pit are contemporary bands that reinvigorated that sound. I would argue that Bueller Bueller has a sound that embrace the ‘80s new wave aesthetics and uses that as a template for their sound rather then building off of it.
The most blatant example of this would be “( At the End of ) The Party” which sounds like a mix between Duran Duran and New Order. It’s a song you could imagine being played in a club in the ‘80s or used in the soundtrack for American Psycho. It’s arguably the highlight on the EP and the chorus is certainly catchy. The cheesy yet effective ‘80s synth is in full effect here and you just have to embrace it.
“Gold” isn’t quite as dance worthy but takes more away musically from U2 and ‘80s rock in general. That being said the synth and percussion still bring a new wave vibe to the song. “Don't Need Your Heaven” is a solid closer and takes advantage of a pulsating synth bass. The darker aspect of the music and forward momentum bring to mind Depeche Mode. I enjoyed the lyric, “I don’t need another person to live” which is an effective and memorable line.
This EP is far from perfect and the duo still has a lot to prove but it certainly shows some potential. The songs mimic the aesthetics a bit too closely at times where it's hard to figure why you just wouldn't listen to the acts that inspired Bueller Bueller. That being said the songs are still enjoyable and with a little more digging the band could come into their own.
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