IKARA COLT – “BASIC INSTRUCTIONS” EP (2002)
Out of the post-punk revival from the beginning of this century, internist London-based Ikara Colt were one of the most interesting and energetic. Bloc Party, Interpol and the like are just snoozy (and lazy) compared to Ikara Colt’s flare-ups, but unfortunately, the band only lasted a handful of years before being snuffed.
This EP (released in America through Epitaph) was my introduction to the band, and while it is very Fall-like, I got the sense that they were excited at trying new things, instead of recycling just because it was the easiest thing to do. “Panic” is a furious stomper worthy of The Dead Boys”, and “May B 1 Day #2″ is a smart, tight electronic re-imagining of what otherwise is a fairly routine number.
The band’s official website has been taken offline, but a fairly intricate fansite still exists here.