No MySpace. No Interviews. No mug shots. Just who do Prinzhorn Dance School think they are?
Their boy/girl band nucleus and minimalist sound may have you reaching for the White Stripes comparisons, but it's clear that Prinzhorn Dance School have their radios tuned to a different decade than Jack White's. Yup, it's late 70s NY, NY, and the kids are most definitely not all right.
Lead track on this double-A sided single, Up! Up! Up! is a strident call to get up, move on, and do something: a solitary bass line taps you on the shoulder as Tobin and Suzi shout "Up!Up!Up!" like deranged personal trainers. Tobin drawls something "cockroaches in the ice cream", too, but I was too busy dancing to really pay attention.
Eventually such trad musical elements as a 4/4 bass drum and the odd guitar 'chord' are fed to us to sweeten the pill. This is death disco: skeletal, sparse, yet special. It may make Mr. White sound like ELO, but you feel that's the point.
Second track Hamworthy Sports And Leisure Centre is less successful, sounding a bit too near to a cover of Pavement covering The Fall. If Prinzhorn can manage to keep the funk to the forefront, then their debut album will be something to look forward to - with or without cockroaches.