Razorbumps releasing ‘HELLRAZORS’ (stream “Go With the Flow”)
On the underground favorite from The Lost Tapes LP, Nas posits that “No Idea’s Original” while driving home the point by rhyming over a sample of a cover of Barry White’s megahit “I'm Gonna Love You Just a Little More Baby“ (head here for a list of songs that sampled that Nas favorite– how’s that for meta?). And while yes, influence blooms from every corner and it’s only natural to emulate things that an artist perceives as “working,” at the end of the day it’s that personal spin to the amalgam of influences that separates the line between copycat and innovator.
Much like Minneapolis' Uranium Club or Coneheads, Denton, Texas’s Razorbumps clearly wear their DEVO influence proudly, leaning on the speedy-side of that legendary band’s approach to angular post-punk. But besides the stutter-y staccato rhythms and the tongue-in-cheek robotic approach, Razorbumps exhibit that same sense of strong melodicism and a goofy fun that is clearly evident on “Go With the Flow,” their latest single from their forthcoming Pop Wig LP HELLRAZORS. It’s sunny, it’s smart and very repeatable. But more importantly waaaay more than just plain ‘ol “DEVO worship.”