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:: Robots In Disguise ::
28 January 2008 / No Label Required / President / CD Album
By Dave Adair

‘The most unsuccessful duo the UK has never known. We’re in the music business this how it is.’

These are the feisty, defiant words gushed out with spiky, unabashed pride in the opening title track from the Third album by attitude chicks Sue Denim and Dee Plume. Robots In Disguise continue their Chicks On Speed indebted bemusement with a slight, political edge. It is a proud reminder that they have been producing for years what is akin to the now trendy NU-Rave racket. However, critics are reluctant to give them any credit because of their punkier spirit and stoic refusal to fit into any expected mould. The Goth chicks that could have sprung from The Mighty Boosh, have expanded their frisky electronica, fattening it out with retro guitar touches and a stomping bass. Sue Denim’s bass has certainly stepped up to give this third album a fresh feel, so much so it’s her gnawing trundle that gives the fuzzy ode to getting of your head, “Can”t Stop Getting Wasted”, some grizzle and punch.

It’s the vocal combination that truly gives the Robots personality through their spicy cohesion, with Denim’s pop edge being roughed over by Plume’s punk touch. An almost glam vibe kicks off “The Tears”, showing that a great deal of experimentation has been taking place prior to this release.

‘It’s a messed up world’ they go on to say :

It certainly is, but it seems to be one in which they fully understand and thrive in. Whilst not being as prevalent this time around, their cyber-thrusting, euro-trash past makes a guest appearance through “I Live In Berlin” – a track that will be hugged to death by their grass roots following. However, it’s the gushing, self confident finale “Don’t Copy Me” that truly draws out their new indie disco credibility, before adding the coup de grace by way of some high jinks that would shame New Young Pony Club. With this album the time may just be right for these particular Robots.



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