After releasing their debut album Post Modern Conspiracy earlier this year, electronic post-punk band Calling All Astronauts released their new EP entitled Red Flag on November 4. This two-piece group from London, composed of vocalist/producer/programmer David B. and guitarist J. Browning, has been generating some noise across electronic media, including a huge global Twitter following and massive support on BBC Radio as well as radio in the USA, Canada, Australia, Brazil and South Africa. Though they have roots in electro-punk, the album version does not possess the heavy synth sounds that are synonymous with their unique sound (try saying that three times fast). There is most definitely synthetic percussion in the EP version, but the hard-hitting guitar riffs bring this song the organic musicianship along with their heavily politicized lyrics to further emphasize the well-known socio-political consciousness which is a much used theme in their music. Along with the original version, the EP comes with 5 remixes. My personal favorites are the Gothstep Mix and the album version, listed last. I was able to appreciate the rough, dark industrial sound of the former while absolutely falling in love with the ‘80s alternative sound coming from the latter. Most befitting of these ill times, this EP will not only have you anticipating CAA’s continuing projects, but will also help you keep a clear head in the midst of constant socio-political fog.
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— Simone Brown