Exposé Online banner

Beep Beep — Business Casual
(Saddle Creek LBJ-63, 2004, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2005-03-01

Business Casual Cover artWhile the advent of punk rock in the mid and late 70s may have been a death blow of sorts to big arena rock, including much of what we call Progressive, that genre known as Art Rock found a natural companion in the new style. Bands like Television, Pere Ubu, and Talking Heads had much in common with the Velvet Underground and early Roxy Music. Beep Beep is a fairly new entry into the Art Punk fray, with energetic angular tunes fronted by a histrionic vocalist, that reminds me sometimes of early Public Image Ltd. From the basic materials (drums, bass, guitar), a mutated beast arises, with muscular rhythms, unexpected accents, and twisted chords. The bass and drums lay down tight, turn-on-a-dime foundations for the guitar, which sometimes joins in the rhythms and sometimes flies off on bizarre tangents of bent notes and extended chord voicings. The vocals then pump the mayhem up another level, whispering, wailing, ranting, yelping, and even singing. This template is varied with occasional touches of organ, synthesizer, or percussion. Sometimes I think of John Lydon fronting a single-guitar version of Television, though the guitar playing here is a lot less conventional than either Verlaine or Lloyd. Your tolerance for the vocals will determine your opinion of this band, but after a while I found the overall quality got me past the initial resistance.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 31, 2004 releases

Related artist(s): Beep Beep

Latest news

2020-07-22
Tim Smith RIP – Tim Smith, leader of the eccentric band Cardiacs, has died at the age of 59 after many years of health problems. Cardiacs was known for intense and complicated music that combined punk energy with the rhythmic and harmonic sophistication of progressive rock. » Read more

2020-07-12
Judy Dyble RIP – Singer-songwriter Judy Dyble, who was a founding member of Fairport Convention and one of the distinctive voices of the 60s folk revival in Britain, has died at the age of 71. Her passing came at the end of a long illness, though which she continued to work. » Read more

2020-07-06
Ennio Morricone RIP – Famed composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. The creator of scores for more than 500 movies, some of his works have become the most recognizable sounds in the history of cinema. His soundtracks for Sergio Leone's Westerns made from 1964 to 1971, are iconic landmarks in film music, but he also composed for dramas, comedies, and other genres. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2016 for The Hateful Eight. » Read more

2020-06-14
Keith Tippett RIP – One of the giants of British jazz has left us. Keith Graham Tippetts, known professionally as Keith Tippett, died today at the age of 72. His work from the late 60s into the 70s and beyond includes some of the greatest jazz produced in the UK, and stands as an impressive oevre to this day. » Read more

2020-05-15
Phil May of The Pretty Things RIP – We were saddened to learn that Phil May, lead singer and founding member of The Pretty Things, has died at the age of 75. The band's 1968 album S.F. Sorrow is one of the enduring classics of the psychedelic era, and the group existed in various forms until finally retiring in 2018. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

The Black Noodle Project - And Life Goes On... – I’m not above enjoying a good clone band. I quite enjoy a lot of them. And Black Noodle Project may not necessarily be a complete Pink Floyd clone, but in the world of clonedom, some of these songs...  (2005) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues