Fingertips Explores the Archives: Communique - Perfect Weapon
Jeremy from Fingertips joins us every Friday as he scours the betterPropaganda archives, highlighting gems buried a few years back in our database.
This week we bring you "Perfect Weapon" from Communique.
A brash, full-throttled homage to the so-called "New Romantic" movement of the early '80s, "Perfect Weapon" comes at us like an ABC reunion, complete with a re-use of the phrase "poison arrows" (the British band ABC had a hit song called "Poison Arrow"). They've even got a lead singer who sounds vaguely British, despite the fact that the band is from Oakland. The dance beat is pure '80s; the minor-key urgency of the synthesizer riff will have you glancing over your shoulder for Midge Ure (the emotive singer who fronted Ultravox at the height of their hit single career phase). And yet for all the echoes from a bygone era, the song has a here-and-now chutzpah to it. Communique's debut full-length CD, Poison Arrows, was released in 2004 on Lookout Records. As of last year, three of the five members have put their efforts back into the band American Steel, which actually predated the forming of Communique.
- Jeremy Schlosberg