Way before electro and synthpop were anything that anyone with an ounce of career ambition wanted anything to do with -- back, that is, when it was still a little embarassing to admit you still listened to the Human League -- Sean Drinkwater's bands Freezepop and Lifestyle were dressing up in stylish outfits and playing note-perfect homage to Simple Minds. But even knowing the history, his new band KARACTER is kind of amazing: there's tons of bands playing this stuff these days, but from the first note of their song "Golden," it's apparent that these guys own everyone else. Amazing shit. Freezepop can get a little overly cute, but this goes back to the roots: Moroder, Kraftwerk, Cybotron, as filtered through new-romantic vocalese. If there's any justice in the world they'll be eating pate on the Riviera by summertime. "Golden" and a bunch of other songs are up for download over at their MySpace page; we asked 'em for a better-quality rip of their epic "Guesthouse," and they gave us the sparkling 192kb jawn below. Beware, it's a 10 mb file -- but the 1986-electro-extended-12-inch-dance-remix vibe is worth every byte. Also check the butt-kicking video by none other than Boston's other synthpop genius, Alex Chen of Boy In Static. And then go check out Karacter tonight at T.T. the Bear's Place, on an awesome bill with the Texas Governor, Cyanide Valentine, and Chop Chop.
DOWNLOAD: Karacter, "Guesthouse" (mp3)WATCH: Karacter, "Guesthouse" (flash video)