According to the MySpace page of Pegasuses-XL, they get their fair share of negative press. One unlucky critic, who undoubtedly received the same press release I did, miscalculated on a detail that was hardly clear to begin with and was singled out for her negative review of the band’s Electro Agitators.
I decided, as I slid Electro Agitators into my player, that I was going to break with tradition and that “proper research” was going to be near the top of my list in constructing my own review of this record. And as the hectic, wacky sounds began to flood my speakers with the brand of tomfoolery concocted by this band of “local smartasses,” I set out to Google down some hard facts lest I be set upon by a mob of synth punks in hoodies.
With the words “go beyond the press release” echoing in my head and the portly electro-blast of “Run the Gauntlet” shooting out of my speakers like sparks at the electrocution of a mentally-challenged convict in Texas, I made my way through the band’s MySpace page and headed over to Ernest Jenning Record Co., the group’s label.
Electro Agitators is an assembly of the group’s first three self-released EPs: The Midnight Aquarium, XL, and the aptly titled Third EP.
“$600 Man” sounds a lot like a big tent revival with an organ bleating and misshapen vocals trying to convert you to whatever backwater creed these young punks practice. It almost certainly involves witchcraft and caffeine if the melodic magic drifting into my eardrums is any indication.
Indeed, Mark Dale, Jeff Tobias, and Joel Hatstat have created a jumble of epic proportions with the music on these three EPs. New band member Jeff Rosenstock is not featured on this compilation, for the record, despite his wishes that he was.