Whether it’s LCD Soundsystem or Franz Ferdinand, I love a good dance-punk album. When I got an email about Columbus-based Conversion Delay, an indie rock/dance-punk band, I stopped what I was doing – granted, Calculus homework is not the most fascinating thing, but still – to listen. I was definitely not disappointed with their latest EP, Out Of Sight.
As the genre dance-punk suggests, nearly every one of the six songs on this EP was a jam, and I found myself dancing ridiculously along, even subtly at times. My personal favorite, Hope, reminded me of another local band I love – Lights Go Out – with its thumping percussion behind heavy guitars.
Conversion Delay wastes no time in bursting right into enthusiastic guitar and a super punky sound. UltraViolence is tense and sounds a tiny bit out of sync until the sound resolves and suddenly, the lead singer’s voice is there, raw and hard. The next three are similarly upbeat and danceable, with a blend of typical punk and Conversion Delay’s unique touch. Gray Imagination has lots of bass and an almost staticky feeling, for example, and it’s lower and darker.
The last two songs change it up a little bit – instead of that classic rock sound, they’re more mellow. Plastic is a total mood shift, sounding eerie and haunting until it bursts into something more familiar. The shift isn’t bad, though – in my notes about the album, I wrote, “This is The Mood for today”. Finally, Strangers brings it to a close with some mellowness, but not as much chill as Plastic. It’s dark and cold, and the perfect way to end this EP.
When you’re listening to these guys, you really have to pay attention to the lyrics. They’re powerful, political, and vivid, and mesh perfectly with the nearly overpowering sound of the song. Reading them as I listened to the EP on Conversion Delay’s Bandcamp definitely helped, and some lines were so good I had to share them with my friends as I heard them. If you’re in the mood for some excellently political dance-punk-rock, go check out Conversion Delay.