Let's get something straight right off: Does It Offend You, Yeah? are not particularly offensive, unless you're offended by stupid band names or brain-dead party music. A few purists may be chafed by the lack of originality on the band's debut, You Have No Idea What You're Getting Yourself Into
, but new ideas are optional when you're talking about the instant gratification you'll get when any of the disc's tracks detonates the dance floor of your favorite hipster dance party.
The members of Does It Offend You, Yeah? take some of the hottest sounds of the past five years--the ripping electro of Daft Punk and Justice; the raw, furious dance punk of Death From Above 1979; the guilty pleasures of '80s synth-pop that seem to be seeping into everything--and blend it all into a gooey, abrasive, cheeky mix. It isn't deep, and it sure as fuck isn't subtle, but faced with war, recession, terrorism and ecological collapse, who has time for any of that shit? Goddamn if it isn't the perfect sound of now: cheesy electronics, anthemic riffs and crackling beats powered by a fuck-all attitude. It's all aimed at moving your ass and having a good time, everything else be damned. It probably has less of a shelf life than organic produce, but who cares about tomorrow, even if it does come? Read the full story here.
Mon., Sept. 8, 9 p.m., 2008