Nervous energy

By MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  August 26, 2008

Although the buzz around DIOYY? has been heavy, the band have had their share of detractors. In trashing You Have No Idea, Pitchfork opined, “All the band’s rhythmic ideas are stuck a decade ago, like they’ve bought up some old Chemical Brothers kit on eBay and haven’t read the manual yet.” Shrugging off such criticism, Rushent says it’s actually one of the Chemical Brothers’ contemporaries — the Prodigy — who provided a model for his own band’s development.

“When they started out, they were the uncoolest band in the world. They were just a rave band, and then suddenly they were the Prodigy. It became clear what they were, which was this fucking mesh of rock and dance, and they were viewed as a rock band. I thought that was great, and that definitely influenced what we’re trying to do. Yeah, we’ve got dancy tunes, but we’re trying to get out of this thing, this ‘new-rave’ scene we get lumped into. But it’s starting to happen. It took Prodigy three albums to find their stride and become their own thing, so it’s all good.”

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