Label: Audio Antihero Release date: 15/10/09 Nosferatu D2’s MySpace It’s the ultimate fan experience: band exists, band gets underground popularity, band makes album but doesn’t release it, band breaks up, fan ponies up the funds to release favorite band’s unreleased album. More than just some movie or story summary, that’s the story of Nosferatu D2 and label Audio Antihero’s relationship. After getting praise from NME, Los Campensinos!, and others, garnering comparisons to Mogwai, and being called one of three justifiable angst writers (behind Morrissey and Cobain), the band with the story and the fans have gotten a raw deal with their comparisons, for with such lofty comparisons it’s almost a disservice to the originality of their music. And while the lengthy title (which I’ll just call …Headphones) isn’t the most memorable, the music is incensed, fidgety, and deep – and maybe one of those forgotten albums that will be hailed as influential come five or ten years. As said before, the band got a raw deal being compared to angsty writers and Mogwai. There’s so much more Slint, Mclusky, and Shellac in the writing and guitar style (for a band of two brothers, they make a lot of glorious noise). The Zach Hill-meets-Todd Trainer skittish drum patterns provide the movement against the slightly lazed guitar strums. Times when the vocals are double-tracked, such as in ‘2 People 0 Superpowers,’ recall a little early Modest Mouse, especially when that venomous spit rattles out due to the lyrical matter of forgetting yourself and realizing that sometimes all you have is yourself. Closing song ‘It’s Christmas Time (For God’s Sake)’ playfully hints at yuletide classic ‘Jingle Bells’ while speaking bluntly of a failed holiday season. And while the power lies in the combination of the music and vitriolic lyricism, the two can be separated into entities of equal power that combine into something far greater than either section at full blast. Each song is precise, but the vulnerability of the singing makes it seemed almost unhinged due to the pure emotions being projected. Normally the one-key style of delivery bothers me, but in this case it’s such a key part of the magical formula that is …Headphones…. Some artists can make a singular style just work so well – and this is one of those times. Those in the UK can buy their album at the Audio Antihero website for about six pounds, I’m sure us folks here in the States won’t mind the nine pound fee for the music contained within the monkey emblazoned cover. Eighteen dollars seems like such a small price for the staying power of Nosferatu D2. Rating: 9/10