With "Listen To Your Left Brain", the Chinese Stars declare a new cold war. Formed in 2003, the band's pedigree reaches back to legendary acts Arab On Radar and Six Finger Satellite, seeds that inform this new efflorescence, but now the band has filled out in all the right places, having honed their chaotic four-on-the-floor, post-punk dance style into an unequivocal signature.
Here The Chinese Stars set in motion a tsunami of new waves, crafting an atmosphere of propulsive sonic escapism - fueled by noodle-stringed guitar riffs, seat of your pants lyrics and hallucinatory synths. This is a fast, forward audio movement, taking music back to the base pleasures. Razor sharp, aural pop-art: the overblown are busted.
Vinyl LP comes packaged with a lyric-poster drawn by Mat Brinkman.
o "Outpunking Radio 4, outfunking !!! and out-Rapturing the Rapture, The Chinese Stars' brazen four-on-the-floor propulsiveness, flexibly blends elastic guitars over stabby snares and jived-up bass... while former AOR singer Eric Paul peppers songs with salacious commentary, exuding depraved, lascivious lyrics." - CMJ
o "Their sound(?) ...would probably liken it to a really bad drug trip at a karaoke bar." - Sound The Sirens
released March 15, 2000
Eric Paul: vocals
Richard Ivan Pelletier: synth, bass, bkg vocals
Craig Kureck: drums
Paul Vieira: guitar
V. Von Ricci: synth and bkg vocals
Recorded at Machines With Magnets by Keith Sousa
Cover art by Mat Brinkman