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Moving Units - Damage With Care

by Brian Lange. Rating:8 Release Date:2016-04-20

Moving Units, a dance-punk band from Los Angeles, shares a remarkable likeness to bands such as Does it Offend You Yeah?, Test Icicles, and Cobra Starship. Upon first playing this record, undoubtedly listeners will also find a similarity to early Bloc Party. Moving Units, however, have never strayed from their catchy rhetoric. For what it’s worth, they are a band that, through their wrist-cutting message, are able to create catchy riffs and beats that make the emo kids just want to dance.

Once upon a time, Trent Reznor (yes, of Nine Inch Nails) decided that he would have this then mostly unknown band open for him during his ­2006 With Teeth 'college campus tour'. An extremely bizarre move, perhaps, but Trent Reznor has always had an ear for talent and with exception to A Perfect Circle, has personally chosen every one of his opening acts.  They were received with raised eyebrows, but Trent certainly helped boost their image in the indie world. 

There’s no shortage of voice effects on this record, stressing the distress of lead singer/songwriter Brad Miller who, at one point, left the band to pursue other projects, only to come back and take back ownership of the name ‘Moving Units’ with new band members under his umbrella.  

Moving Units are certainly not a one-trick pony and deserves recognition for their contributions to dance-punk-pop.  Damage With Care is a wholly sound record, there is consistency from track to track making vinyl play even more apropos as you shakedown with your scene friends on your living room rug. 

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