The 80s-style dance rock tunes from the Golden Republic's self-titled debut didn't sound half bad when I saw the revved-up Lawrence, Kansas, crew strutting around the stage at Antone's in Austin. Regrettably, something was lost in the ProTools translation. Interpol producer/engineer Peter Katis can't be held entirely responsible for the hollow-sounding recording, because the performances are dead-ass and the boring arrangements do the group no favours. Very disappointing.
Golden Republic hit the Horseshoe Sunday (April 17).