I'm sure Stuart Berman, the Brandon Flowers-ish (or Mark E. Smith-ish) voice of the Two Koreas, could argue me into the ground about why his band is great. After all, he's a music writer. So there's no questioning that his post-punk band (which also includes film writer Jason Anderson!) has done some research, and, admirably, they hit the marks for which they aim - the Fall, Pavement and so on. But so do lots of groups. What sets the Two Koreas apart? Not their lyrical subjects, but definitely their production values. MP&CP has a homemade feel compared to the crisp quality of their no-wave-reviving peers. With all the bands out there, why are these guys getting so much attention? Perhaps being really well connected in the local scene has something to do with it?
The Two Koreas launch their CD Friday (June 3) at the Boat.