Dance music this propulsive cannot be denied. On their five-song EP To Silently Provoke the Ghost,
Folks get a two-hit combo from “Class of 2012” and “It’s Always About the Money.” If I had a dollar for every press release I get that bullshits about a band sounding like At the Drive-In, I could give er’rybody free healthcare and be done with it. So believe me when I say that the Photo Atlas really does have a dash of ATDI. Not enough to erase all those bad memories of the Mars Volta and
But the band does have a problem – they only work at a certain tempo. Track three, “Jealous Teeth,” is a hair less intense, and thus significantly less awesome. It’s like the fast pacing is the lynchpin of the band’s whole dynamic. “Jealous Teeth” is slower, and the chorus becomes noticeably less infectious. Not so on “Paper Trail,” which adds Cursive-style strings with explosive results. How long the Photo Atlas can maintain this momentum remains to be determined; for now, To Silently Provoke the Ghost is an enticing chapter.