- Current Status
- In Season
Does America really need another neo-retro band of Brits — think Franz Ferdinand — who worship post-punk icons Wire and Gang of Four? Not really, but in the case of the Rakes, we’re willing to excuse their poor timing. Capture/Release is a lively, clever look into the dull days and drunk nights of London’s overeducated and underpaid. The brew of strangled guitars and piston-pumping drums feels a bit shopworn, but the quartet’s strong pop sensibility means that they might survive beyond this fading post-punk boomlet.