Last year, brothers Mick and Raul Espinoza were plying their new wave craft under the moniker Mahteo. They even recorded a pretty cool debut album, The NuWave Republic. Although that record mined the classic '80s influences of Joy Division and The Cure a little too blatantly, it nevertheless had its moments--enough so, at least, that the future of the band looked pretty bright in my eyes. Yet, less than a month later, the band's named was changed to Kill the Dance Floor and the Espinozas hired two new band mates.
This week, just a little over a year since the face-lift, Kill the Dance Floor is releasing its debut EP, Gravity vs. Density, which will be available on iTunes later this week.
Produced by Stuart Sikes, the four track EP sounds a lot like--you guessed it--Joy Division and The Cure. New cuts like "Stare" and "The Moment" are certainly not a great paradigm shift from what the Espinozas have done in the past. On the plus side, the brothers have integrated a nice Yo La Tengo influence into the mix this time around.
Check out and download "Stare" after the jump.
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In any case, Mick informs me that the band is writing more songs and hopes to hit the clubs in the fall. Until then, he says, enjoy the EP.