The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt "I Love you! I Love you! I Love you and I’m in Love with you! Have an Awesome Day! Have the Best Day of your Life!"
The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt, whose live shows are typified by a community costume chest, homemade light shows and intense, sweaty audience participation, bombast your CD player with their first full-length album, “I Love you! I Love you! I Love you and I’m in Love with you! Have an Awesome Day! Have the Best Day of your Life!” on David Byrne’s own imprint, Luaka Bop Records.
The music itself is as wild, brilliant and catchy as the live show boasts, with arpeggiated keys, syncopated dancey drumming, saxophone, choir and more.
The vocal delivery of Neil Fridd intones not only the literal meaning of what’s said, but also the opposite. Sarcasm at its finest. Picture “Weird Al” Yankovic if he had chosen to emote and opine emotional crisis specific to a post-Bush American 20-something crowd. For instance on the opening track “Snake Bite” Fridd and crew lament, “There are over 3,000 ways to die, and I hope yours is a snake bite, because I like you.”
The lyrics are inter-personal relationship stuff to the max! Something like, the sonic equivalent to the “Naked in class – We had homework? – What’s my locker combo – Thank God it’s a dream – Wait was it?!” dream. Intensely revealing, yet immediately recognizable and totally usable as a quick fix to anyone giving you guff.
“Snow Day” is a highlight for sure, if you’ve been looking for that “so happy I could cry” feeling. Specific first names take you to wherever it was the first and last time you realized how incomplete your life would be without friends, without impromptu free time, without music and without humor, all the while remaining incredibly positive and sympathetic to the fact that snow melts, CDs skip, and at some point you will sleep in a different city.
“I Love you! I Love you!...” is equal parts love and hate, loathing and desire, Animal Collective, Mason Williams, Jr. High Pep Band, Dan Deacon, D.I.Y. and every successful dance party you’ve ever been to, dreamt of or seen in a John Hughes movie.
P.S. The CD includes an amazingly collaged fold out poster of live show antics! 10/10 -- John Collins McCormick (28 July, 2010)