Adventure Club album review: ‘Calling All Heroes, Pt. 1’


Adventure Club will be performing in the Washington, DC area. (Sequerra)
November 7, 2013
ADVENTURE CLUB
“Calling All Heroes, Pt. 1”

Kindred spirits: Depeche Mode, Tiesto, Yes

Show: With Dvbbs, DallasK, Hunter Siegel, 3Lau and Loudpvck on Saturday at Echostage. Show starts at 8 p.m. 202-503-2330. www.echostage.com. $30.

Montreal’s Christian Srigley and Leighton James, who record as Adventure Club, are among the many producer-composers whose style has been described as dubstep. Whatever that term now means, however, it doesn’t describe all the music on the duo’s EP, “Calling All Heroes, Pt. 1.” Srigley and James began with a pop-punk band and retain an interest in melodies and lyrics that’s rare in electro acts.

The set ends with the room-shaking “Thunderclap,” which bristles not just with distorted bass, but also with attitude: Its rhythmic elements include a repeated two-word vulgarity. But that’s the only pure dance track on “Heroes,” for which the twosome (and their collaborators) also draws on less insistent genres.

The opener is “Gold,” with vocals and lyrics by Malaysia’s Yuna. The setting is electronic, with martial drum rolls and phased and echoed vocals. But the song is essentially uplifting teen-pop, decrying words that hurt “like bullets” and instructing sensitive listeners to “stay gold.” This homily is followed by “Wonder,” featuring Australia’s the Kite String Tangle (a.k.a. Danny Harley). It’s a post-breakup apology that laments, “I know I should have treated you better” while melding contemporary dance-pop with ’70s British prog-rock. For dubstep, it sounds a lot like the Alan Parsons Project.

Mark Jenkins

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