One could look upon all these factors as a positive attempt to innovate, or one could write Forks and Knives off as pretentious hipsters trying to be too artsy. While I choose to go with the former, the truth of the matter is that Forks and Knives’ brand of electropop music is probably most palatable to hipsters and younger kids seeking dance parties. But that need not be a turn-off, because this disc is actually rather quite good and hints at a subgenre that will probably become pretty huge in the near future.
Forks and Knives are a duo comprised of Iris Montes and Jeremy Michell, and much of their music is reminiscent of the indie-punk world of Sleater-Kinney colliding with the sugary-sweet electro world of Freezepop. ’60s pop seems to play a role in the band’s music as well, and each of the tracks is basically a varying percentage of all of these factors. “I’m A Work In Progress” and the cover of April March’s “Chick Habit” play heavily into the electro side, with easy-to-swallow keyboard melodies as their centerpieces.
Tracks like “Damage Control” and the intro track, “Another Word For Love, That Rhymes With Hate,” rely more heavily on straight-forward rock, but their use of distorted vocals, jangly guitars, and mesmerizing basslines set a mood that lies somewhere between comfortable and haunting. Electric guitars are used by Forks and Knives less as instruments to show off with, but more as instruments to set moods and rhythms with. They seem to lay down solid rock n’ roll foundations to begin with and custom-tailor their sound afterwards with the addition of synths and miscellaneous sounds.
With “Lose My Breath,” the duo creates a more tender, nearly downtempo track that surprisingly fits into the mix. It showcases the band’s ability to make primarily electronic tracks that rely minimally on pulsating beats, airy vocals, and nondescript guitarwork.
Their self-titled disc, which will be self-released this month, is definitely an accomplishment that the duo should be proud of. The diverse sound they’ve perfected may not be at all commercial, but it seems a matter of time before this kind of music catches on. For now, listeners should take a chance on the band, because for a mere $5, they can receive Forks and Knives’ album on a USB drive. And if anything, the duo should be applauded for their ability to think outside of the box.