Montage Populaire create songs that, so they claim on their last.fm page (the sadly often ignored outlet for band information/sexy pics, buried somewhere between Myspace and new music streaming champs Bandcamp) are "Influenced by the cut and paste production and song-writing style of the fiery furnaces/of montreal/mgmt (sic)." Certainly, the cut-and-paste aesthetic can be found all over their newest EP, Not All Bombs Explode, as are some of the aggressively sickly electronic sounds from the aforementioned inspirations. Sadly, for the most part, the band's music falls short, and ends up sounding just... annoying.

There are, of course, redeeming moments, and when the band strike the right harmony between sloppy, slightly shouty British indie boys and happy-clappy electro dancey wannabes, things sound pretty good. You'd have to listen through the whole EP to hear it, but the closing moments of final track 'Cage The Thought' carry a brilliant, lo-fi weight with them, and it's almost worth while. Similarly, the opening distorted drum machine sounds in 'Break Up The Band' swagger along brilliantly, until the chorus kicks in, and it all goes a little Frankie Goes To Hollywood.

Montage Populaire are obviously a band still in the making, with a youthful sound and simplistic approach to making music. With a little more variation, and a little more confidence to stray into the land of left-field originality, they could really be onto something. But for those looking for the next Fiery Furnaces/Of Montreal/MGMT, I'm afraid you'll have to keep on searching.