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not everyday that a fairly large man wearing parts of what you can only
assume is a cheap bear costume comes hurdling toward you as he dives
off stage, causing your life to flash before your eyes. This was,
however, my very first taste of Think About Life, the thrashy disco-pop
collective from Montreal that's been receiving all kinds of attention
since Wolf Parade
invited it on tour last fall. Needless to say, the bear-costume-clad
individual in question, vocalist Martin Cesar, and the other members of
Think About Life have quickly gained a reputation for enthusiastic live
shows -- a quality that carries over to their eponymous debut.



members' mission statement is simple: They want your ass on the dance
floor. Their formula for success isn't rocket science, but it is damn
effective. Graham Van Pelt lays down quirky/catchy keys overtop tight,
driving percussion by Matt Shane. Throw in Cesar's frantic delivery and
you've got ready-made gritty party anthems. I know what you're
thinking: So another Montreal band is about to take its predestined
place on top of the hype machine, rah, rah, rah, right? Well, not


all the potential it shows on its debut, Think About Life is a young
group that's still pretty rough around the edges. Some of this can be
explained away by the lo-fi production, which doesn't always do the
band justice, but the album has some genuine filler. Tracks such as
"Fireworks" and especially "In Her Hands" are disjointed and sacrifice
danceability in the name of noise. Still, when the band gets it right,
the results are infectious. "Serious Chords" gets my early vote for
party track of the year, with its Nintendo-biting key lines, and "Paul Cries"
is the perfect Saturday night anthem. Think About Life may be a rough
gem not quite ready for prime time, but it's taken one hell of a big
first step in the right direction.


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