Merge Sigue Sigue Sputnik with Marilyn Manson and you will heave a pretty clear notion of what Dope Stars Inc. sounds like. Following the tradition of 80s Glam Rock, with one ear directioned to Motley Crue and Guns N’ Roses and the other to Hanoi Rocks and HIM, introducing electronica and industrial resonances, Victor Love formed Dope Stars Inc. in late 2002, early 2003 in Rome, Italy. Following “//Neuromance” (2005), “Gigahearts” (2006) and “21st Century Slave” (2009), “Ultrawired”, the fourth studio album by Dope Stars Inc. released on May 30, 2011 it’s available as a free download on the band’s website and rely on fan contribution to cover recording costs, as well as they placed a doodle on the Pirate Bay homepage. Kind of showing up the middle finger to the music business, isn’t it?
This was “produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Victor Love with his own personal computer and nothing else between august 2010 and may 2011” as we can find out. 14 pumping tracks balancing between punk and glam rock, industrial and power pop, rockabilly and indie, “Ultrawired” is a quite pulsing, pumping collection of quality songs, from heavier moments to extremely danceable tracks, Victor Love delivered another piece of enjoyable record.
It might not be revolutionary, but it feels fucking good and it’s actually a collection of excellent songs. Jaguar Love delivered a this-like album last year. Throw your hands in the air, bang your head, scream and dance, pay for it (at least) with a tweet. 😉