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Innerpartysystem – Never Be Content

March 14, 2011 by  

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Innerpartysystem  – Never Be Content

NAME: Innerpartysystem
EP: Never Be Content
DATE: 7March2011

LABEL: Red Bull Records


FIVE WORD REVIEW: Innerpartysystem go into new territory

LOCATION: Pennsylvania

LINE UP: Patrick Nissley, Jared Piccone and Kris Barman


WHAT’S THE STORY?: With their new mini album Pennsylvanian electronic rock band Innerpartysystem have tried and succeeded in coming up with something different to their renowned sound to date. ‘Never Be Content’ gives us six tracks and a new direction into electronic/dance and at times trance as they put down the guitars more or less in favour of digital sounds, programming and some inspired electronic ideas realised over the long months working upon this release. The trio of Patrick Nissley, Jared Piccone and Kris Barman in their words said of ‘Never Be Content’, “We definitely wanted it to sound more dance-oriented and electronic. We feel like we accomplished that.” and I can vouch for the fact that they did indeed create what they set out to do.
‘And Together’ starts things off with electronic affected vocals and added sounds, beats, and twiddles. Midway it diverts into a kind of progressive rock/ dance area but without the rock part and glides to its end on a wave of melodic sounds. ‘Money Makes The World Go Round’ carries on the voice affects over a slower but just as energetic pulse of noises and synth creativity. For me though the already released single from the album ‘American Trash’ is the strongest track and the one that connects their previous part rock sounds to this newer diverse use of computers, noises and electronica. At the risk of inventing a new sub genre it is a kind of 80’s post punk / synth rock like a mix of Wire and Daft Punk and very satisfying.
The other tracks making up the release , ‘Out Of Touch’, ‘Not Getting Any Better’, and the ballad like ‘Squid’ are mellower paced songs employing synthesised sounds, beats and layers of melodies in a way that creates an atmospheric dance music that contrasts to the other tracks but also compliments and fits in perfectly with them. Nissley’s vocals are smooth and soothingly effective swimming within the sounds and even if not a fan of the music you cannot deny his elegant voice.
Innerpartysystem have ventured down a new road and whether it is a detour or their new musical destination they will make a lot more friends and keep existing ones by their side. Personally if I am honest I miss the guitars and rockier edge and will more than likely return back to the previous self titled album more often than to this but that is just my taste and not a comment on ‘Never Be Content’. With this mini album the band seem to have found a new freedom in their songwriting and creation of the music and give the sense they enjoyed the experience more than ever before. Interest on their new full length album will surely be high after this.

SOUNDS LIKE: mix of Celldweller and Blaqk Audio with much more than either

YOU’LL LIKE THIS IF: You like adventure in electronic land.


Submitted By Pete RingMaster




One Response to “Innerpartysystem – Never Be Content”
  1. Matt Gardner says:

    Ouch! Gotta disagree with American Trash bud, it’s the worst song I’ve heard all year. They didn’t do anything new – they mixed headache-inducing noise with shambolic lyrics. They’re about seven years too late with the content – to compare it to Daft Punk? That’s unfair on all parties!

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