Hipster Slayer is not nearly as ferocious as they sound. In fact, rather than being slayers of 20-somethings in thick rimmed glasses and advice animal t-shirts, they might, in fact, be telling us they aim to make the laser grid, electroclash version of Reign In Blood. Hipster Slayer is a band from Jakobstab, Finland, and on EP plays a form of indie rock, with electro flourishes. You know the type - disco upbeats, and hyper-catchy synth leads, while the guitars stutter and pulse, while a voice sings, high and emotive and pure.
This is music for people that believe in the dance floor; for the redemptive power of a Friday night. This is the sound of friendship, and abandon (some call it escape), where all the stressors of life melt like candle wax for a few hours and are forgotten. Some call this hedonism, or escapism, but Hipster Slayer's music, like a magic trick or a sci-fi story, doesn't work if you go looking for the faults. You've got to be prepared to believe.
Does the world need another indie pop dance outfit? Probably not. But that doesn't mean Hipster Slayer shouldn't get their shot at the ring. This slight EP is well executed, with professional recording and mastering, capturing some charming performances. The drumming is particularly good, while the dreamy guitars are simple but effective and well placed. The singer's got a good voice, strong and intelligible. I think a lot of people would like Hipster Slayer's EP, if they heard it, even though it's not exactly re-inventing the wheel.
Hipster Slayer will appeal to fans of TV On The Radio, Panic! At The Disco, The Strokes, The Faint, LCD Soundsystem, and other flavors of early 2000’s indie dance.
For those that like to close their eyes and dance, those that want to forget it all for a while, sweat off some stress, and have some fun, start here. Get ready for Friday night.
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