Parallel Lives Perpendicular High Fives
I Need I Need Money Money Money [MP3
Thomas Window Paine
So Far That I Even Saw the Beginning of the Universe
"These songs are the jam."
"DZUSA is cheerleader music like The Go! Team, except they are the rebellious biker cheerleaders, snorting lines of coke under the bleachers after the game and having unprotected sex."
-Delusions of Adequacy
"DZUSA remind us of that catchy-as-shit song by Underworld from Trainspotting; DZUSA's techno-inflected pop captures the same sunny, sweaty ambience."
-Time Out New York
"The band name has a sort of lovable B movie feel to it. And so does the music...Fun loving and danceable indie electronica pop."
-Mystery & Misery
"Top quality tunes... There's certainly an odd fusion of styles here. Try to conjure a sound that might be described as 'post-punk breaks' - like LCD Soundsystem getting dirty with an old sampler, more scattered than their usual 4-4 disco."
"DZUSA's "The Summer Jam" features just about everything you'd like to hear in a song, only mashed together and fed through your speakers at an unbelievably hyper pace. Basically it's 3 minutes of manic, joy-inducing fun."
-Delusions of Adequacy
"Here at ScissorKick, we've stumbled into this niche where electronic and organic elements coexist nicely within the same space. Sometimes however, that space can be more like a Lower East Side studio occupied by 25 partially shaved, semi-retarded orangutans in adult diapers dancing to Sheena Easton. That's just the image I get when I listened to these 4 tracks from DraculaZombieUSA who appear to be more human beings (barely) than retarded monkeys, but no less primordially moved by the electronic beats and guitar spasms. They seem not to take themselves too seriously, so hopefully I can do my daily good turn by posting these links which the band describes as "aphex twin + lightning bolt + lcd soundsystem." I'd like to think of them instead as the mutant baby of said threesome, which gives them some time to mature and refine and become a truly devastating 3-headed electro-rock hydra.
"DZUSA will either be big in the next year or on the buzz. Don't tell me I didn't warn you."
"Cheerleader music has been on the rise as of late, and I for one wholeheartedly welcome it. Whether it's used more as a prop (i.e. Sufjan Stevens' entire band wearing matching "Illinois" sweaters and shouting cheers to introduce their songs) or as an entire ethos (i.e. The Go! Team), cheerleading in music gives everyone in the crowd the team spirit needed to sustain the band's energy and help the listener feel like part of the group.
"Of course, I should clarify that if Sufjan is the sweet, sensitive cheerleader who also takes AP math classes and volunteers at the homeless shelter, and if the Go! Team is the squad that goes to nationals almost every year (and even won once!), then the members of DraculaZombieUSA are the rebellious biker cheerleaders, snorting lines of coke under the bleachers after the game and having unprotected sex at will with unsuspecting members of the chess team.
"But perhaps that's not an entirely fair assessment. I mean, if DraculaZombieUSA were my daughter, heck, I'd be proud of her for seamlessly melding the playful electronics of Aphex Twin with the searing guitarscapes of Lightning Bolt, the instant danceability of !!! and the occasional lyrical poignancy of Modest Mouse.
"True, I might scold her for getting a little bawdy on "Parallel Lives Perpendicular High Fives" ("I can't help but look at asses") or for going perhaps a bit too hard on the coke on "I Need I Need Money Money Money," but I would still praise her for the undeniably cool, intricate beats that start out "The Summer Jam" and "I Like the Snow," and for almost sounding accessible enough for "The O.C." on "Thomas Window Paine." Almost. You can still do a little better, DraculaZombieUSA. But don't worry, I still love you very very much. Now let's go out for some shakes!
"Hmmm...now that I think about it, this review sounds an awful lot like it was written by my dad. Gooooooooooo team!"
-Salt Shaker Magazine
"Getting in touch with its inner Sprockets, members of transcending hipster rawk outfit Unsacred Hearts get high with a little help from their friends, comprising the uber-technofied dance project deliciously known as Dracula Zombie USA. Melding jagged Williamsburg dance rock, drum 'n bass folly, and a sense of unparalleled adventure, this seven-track excursion should be packaged with bags of drugs, a beach chair, and a note explaining why you've been away from work or school for the last five days. Whimsically whacked out of its skull, this self-titled disc is utter brain candy."
"DraculaZombieUSA is a three-piece from New York City that put on the craziest music ever. And I love it. It's a mish-mash of experimental awesomeness and odd rhythms and it all works. (Not to mention a) they have the coolest name for a group that I've heard lately and b) I'm a sucker for unconventional three-pieces.)The song I'm featuring for theme-week purposes is a nice little tune called "The Summer Jam" and it's PERFECT! in every way. It's just like the title to the movie Snakes On A Plane (first and last reference on this blog, I swear!) - you know what's coming up with the title alone and it's going to be awesome. At least the songs makes good on it's promise."
"If you spend more than a few seconds pondering DraculaZombieUSA's reasons for invoking the name of the radical 18th century deist pamphleteer Thomas Paine in this cheerful indie pop tune, you may find yourself either frustrated or confused. As far as I can tell, his name fits into these cryptic lyrics entirely because the name "Paine" and the word "pane" are homonyms. But nevermind all that; lyrical content is almost beside the point in a tune like this, with its giddy blend of twee electronica and mall-punk melody. As the song hits its peak on the chorus, the track feels like the silliest, most insanely fun moments of every bad teen movie ever made concentrated and shot through your nervous system."
-Matthew Perpetua, Hit Refresh
"Quirky witty amalgamation ... All-over the-place indie electronica pop. It's fun and refreshing"
"a band that defies categories."