Fischerspooner: #1 (Capitol)

However you want to label it, Fischerspoon-er’s music is driven by heavy electronic beats and bass lines, intermingled with softer synthetic landscapes.

Finally, after a 2002 release in the UK and some label issues, Fischerspooner’s debut full-length album,, has finally found distribution back home in the United States. #1

Fischerspooner is the brainchild of Casey Spooner and Warren Fischer, who first met in Chicago while in art school. Years later, the pair transplanted themselves to New York and reconnected. The act began recording music together as a duo after using a song Fischer had created as backing for a video project.

They were quick to shun the “electroclash” tag placed on Fischerspooner and other emerging electronic acts by the press, expressing early that inclusion in the self-invented scene was not their focus. The pair detest being labeled a retro act, though the comparison (or at the least influence) to ’80s synth bands cannot be denied.

However you want to label it, Fischerspoon-er’s music is driven by heavy electronic beats and bass lines, intermingled with softer synthetic landscapes. “Emerge” was their breakout hit, a worldwide underground club track that landed them on the UK’s Top of the Pops. The album ranges from these heavy electronic anthems to calmer, synth-soaked ballads, as when they successfully tackle a cover of Wire’s “The 15th.” Be warned that you may feel a little ashamed after dancing to “Mega-Colon” with lyrics like “Moaning and a heaving on a hot sticky can/I’m craving chocolate Ex-Lax and my GE Fan.” But probably not. So dance away.

The US release of #1 includes a bonus remix track, as well as a DVD packed with video, photography, gig history, and a preview of an upcoming documentary. Fischerspooner now perform with a theatrical stage production that rivals the excessive abandon found in their music, featuring a troupe of more than 20 performers in full costume, which has garnered rave reviews from both music and theater press.

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