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"SPIN MAGAZINE's Band of the Day 12/08/05"

The electro-noise-rock collective has only just released its first full-length disc, a high-speed exploration of influences where the moog addicts prove equally comfortable crafting experimental indie-pop jams as recreating epic hair metal riffs. With layers of manic instrumentals giving their cheeky lines an added jolt, the Negatones tie up the loose wires of their varied influences, producing results that are positively electric. -


These Attitudinous garage-galm-punk wise guys dressed up in fake fur and funny hats and banged out fast songs. They were hilarious, tuneful, and exhilarating. - Robert Christgau, Music Editor

"TIME OUT NY's Top 10 Albums of 2005"

Brooklyn studio whizzes assemble a moog-slick ride through Rock History that's over in 30 minutes flat. -

"David Kargol on the Negatones"

• Who are the Negatones and why hadn't I heard of them until the moment I slipped on this explosive five-song EP? I demand an answer. A better question would be why this NYC-based quartet hasn't toppled the current rash of no-wave hipster bands with their finely-tweaked electro-noise-pop . The Negatones spread magnificently off-kilter jazz over seizure-inducing guitar and crackling distortion squeals like an aural bonfire gone utterly awry. These songs don't need their hand held either, each song of this five-song pie has its very own refreshingly independent vibe.
(April 2004) - Skratch Magazine

"Live review of the Negatones at CBGB"

Let me say again what ought to be painfully obvious to clubgoers citywide: there's no aesthetic mileage left to squeeze out of the neo-garage movement, that car stalled on the highway sometime during 2001. Luckily, poised to crash to earth Skylab-style, the Negatones are battle-hardened and ready for whatever. If you, too are frustrated by the propensity of intelligent New York City musicians to talk down to their audiences, you'll join me in welcoming a little craft, density, and virtuosic good humor back to the Manhattan mainstage. Techno-rockers, spazzes, conceptualists, gaming-geeks and high ironists -- the future starts here. -

"Other publications of note"

Wikipedia article on The Negatones:

Time Out New York 2-page feature:

The Deli Cover Story: - (links below)

"ALL MUSIC GUIDE review by William Rhulmann"

On their second EP, the Negatones continue to play fast and tight. Smart, strange, and energetic, the Negatones have the sound of a band that has shaped its music and live performing. They may not be getting a bite from a big label, but they should.
4 Stars -

"In Music We Trust"

Recalling equal parts Devo and CBGB's, art-pop and noise-punk, here is a band that can carry a party, have a good time, and still make interesting music that makes you think - and rock out.
Issue 67 (September 2004) - In Music We Trust Magazine

"Sarah Zachrich/Splendid"

The Negatones are led by Jay Braun, whose musical history includes stints in Band of Susans and the Mooney Suzuki. It's not surprising, then, that Snacktronica is a little experimental and a lot rockin'. Too many bands confuse taking their music seriously with taking themselves seriously; these guys don't. This might be ear candy, but it's well-done ear candy.
Rounding out the band are Braun's brother Justin on bass, Jesse Wallace on drums and Jun Takeshta on guitars and additional fun things like vibraphone and Radio Shack Moog. Actually, all of the group's members get into the musical toy box sooner or later; the CD sleeve's equipment list reads like a gearhead's dream garage sale. The odder instruments are chief characteristics of the Negatones' sound, but they don't ever seem contrived (i.e. "we're esoteric and cool because we have a xylophone!"). There's an interesting mix of organic and electronic. The very brief "Conflict Error (part II of the Information Processing Trilogy)" consists of about two minutes of vibraphone laid over grinding guitars and rapid-fire, Amon Tobin-ish beats from both kit and hand drums. The juxtaposition of straight-up rock n' roll with what can only be called stoner grooves is also compelling, as tracks like the bleepily hallucinogenic "I Suspect There's More" are compared with "And So My Troubles Began", the disc's brassy, uptempo opener. None of these songs sound much like any of the others, and sometimes not even like the same band wrote them, but they're all tight, listenable and creative.
(April 2004)
- Splendid Magazine

"Jersey Beat"

Brooklyn's Negatones have been bouncing around the underbelly of the NY club scene for about as long as Mooney Suzuki (in fact, I met both bands on a double bill about 5 years ago.) But while the Mooneys' garage-rock seems to look to the past for inspiration, the Negatones bravely go where no spastic post-punk noise combo has gone before, though the songs here are more hysterical than heavy. The jagged but seamless two-part harmonies of siblings Jay and Justin Braun propel these gritty (yet still recognizably pop) tunes, with lumpy, swaggering bass lines, weird outer-space guitar solos, and frantic drum breakdowns. Llistening to this EP is like drinking a quart of Starbucks coffee with a methamphetamine chaser. You'll be a nervous wreck, but happy for the experience. - 20th Anniversary Issue


The Heavy EP - Spring 2002
Snacktronica (EP)- Fall 2003 (reprinted Spring 2004)
The Negatones (LP)- Fall 2005

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Wikipedia Article on The Negatones:

NYC luminaries have been quietly discovering these local producing / mixing / remixing masterminds; members of the Negatones have worked and played with Fiery Furnaces, Dan the Automator, Adam Green (Moldly Peaches) and the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, and that's just in the last year. Their playing and production chops notwithstanding, its their own ferociously unique take on rock that gets them their hard-earned and well-deserved kudos. Fortunately they find the time to continue putting on astonishing live shows and cranking out their own recordings.
Long ago the Braun Brothers took a page from classics like the Beatles and Nirvana, cult visionaries like Brainiac and Ween and modern gurus like Radiohead and Beck and combined these influences to form a sonic force to be reckoned with. In doing so they carved a rep for being the rock band to see in New York and gained repeat critical praise from the music editors of the Village Voice, a 2-page feature article in Time Out New York (and getting #8 Album of the Year 2005), SPIN Magazine's Band of the Day (12/08/05) and continued recognition and support from many local rock and avant garde luminaries.

"The Negatones debut full-length album is a ruthlessly episodic string of well-crafted pop songs, blown up to epic proportions with complex arrangements and layered effects. Its 12 tracks tear through the finer moments of late-20th-century pop music- funk horns and feedback, hair metal guitar and banjo picking, buzzing basslines and flute flourishes - all galvanized by the Braun brother's perfectly harmonized vocals. The Negatones have the aughts' answer to Phil Spector's wall of sound. Nowadays, a producer doesn't need an orchestra to achieve such aural enormity - just some basic recording equipment and the nerve to try anything." -Cristina Black, Time Out New York, November 10, 2005