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Synth punk is a term that is thrown around alot. And rightfully so it can mean anything from the Screamers to the Faint, and somewhere in the middle there is Copenhagen Denmark’s latest addition to the Mass Media Family, Metro Cult. The band prefers the term “wave punk” to describe their music, very much in the lineage of Danish new wave bands still bit by the noisy punk bug in the early 80s like ADS. While I do hear much of the 80s influence in their music, and maybe the synthesizer as an plugged-in-and-amped instrument while always recall the great decade, Metro Cult definitely moves beyond and does bring to mind some 90s bands, and i mean that in the best way possible. They are angry AND danceable, melodic and discordant. Comprised of members of Artificial Monuments and other DIY punk bands, Metro Cult hails from the same DIY post punk scene as the great MOTH and the two bands are close friends and collaborators. We were blown away when we first heard this band on the essential Lets Peter Out compilation and their debut on Mass Media is even more crucial.
Here is some live footage