With help from famed Death From Above production duo Tim Goldsworthy and James Murphy, Gotham! emerges from the same streets that birthed the radical R&B of artists like Lou Reed and Blondie. Radio 4 draws on these influences and more -- from the acid house "Madchester" era to recent Primal Scream -- which makes Gotham! brittle yet full-bodied, one-dimensional yet deep and dubby. Its sound echoes that brief era when the barriers between punk and disco began to erode -- a notion any punk purist would disdain. Their loss.
Predictable yet danceable, Radio 4 go in syncopated circles as they drag ever so slightly against the grain. They may not dance to a different drummer, but they certainly know how to keep the beat.
Radio 4 plays the Echo Lounge Wed., March 20.