Car Stereo (Wars)

The Bandit (Artifact Workshop)

Texas Platters

Car Stereo (Wars)

The Bandit (Artifact Workshop)

Beauty Bar mash-up master Car Stereo (Wars), aka Christopher Rose, debuts a disclong bout of sample-and-loop-happy hip-pop schizophrenia, the stuttery, mix-'n'-match sound of dance-floor chaos chopped and dropped and revving like a '77 Pontiac Firebird jammed into permanent first gear. Opener "Who Likes Nick McKenna?" segues from Lil Mama's "Lip Gloss" to Modest Mouse's "Float On" to Beastie Boys' "Sure Shot" and beyond, all layered over a raucous, surging percussion track, itself cobbled together from at least three other pop charts. More than half the fun of The Bandit comes from identifying the mad scatter of song snippets, but it's not always a pretty picture: "Sonny Hooper's in This House" places Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" and Baltimore head-case DJ Funk's "There's Some Hoes in This House" alongside Starship's "We Built This City" with the result being neither slick nor graceful yet oddly, bombastically satisfying. Best taken in small doses or, preferably, on the dance floor after 10 too many, this is 33 minutes of retrofitted pop-rocks cunningly articulated to cram as much sonic detritus into its Smokey and the Bandit-titled tracks as possible, the justification being that one good dollop of FM nostalgia slammed up against a propulsive urban backbeat deserves another (and another and another). Too often CS(W)'s manic, Girl Talk-y, ADHD style results in short-circuited grooves, and by the time your inner booty-shaker settles into a "song," it's almost always already over and on to the next: Adderall rock for Ritalin kids who can't stop the music no matter what.


A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
Entanglement (Record Review)

Kahron Spearman, Dec. 13, 2019

Levitation Album Reviews
Dallas Acid
The Spiral Arm (Record Review)

Kevin Curtin, Nov. 8, 2019

More by Marc Savlov
Remembering James “Prince” Hughes, Atomic City Owner and Austin Punk Luminary
Remembering James “Prince” Hughes, Atomic City Owner and Austin Punk Luminary
The Prince is dead, long live the Prince

Aug. 7, 2022

Green Ghost and the Masters of the Stone
Texas-made luchadores-meets-wire fu playful adventure

April 29, 2022


Car Stereo (Wars)

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle