Staff Picks

Stepping out of Line (CD)

June 1, 2012

Unlike, say, Gang of Four, who fused the single-cell amoeba of the punk template with more complex melodic and rythmic variations, or Wire, who stripped down punk to explore more minimal terrain and art-school antics, the Au Pairs did something similar to what Joy Division did--they pushed rhythm to the foreground and articulated a very personal, emotional lyricism that defined the headspace of the post-punk era and beyond.