Chicago's I Fight Dragons make fun, inventive pop by utilising the 8-bit sounds from NES and SNES consoles, combined with some good old fashioned Blink-182 style power-chords. Known as chiptune, it's not as unusual a concept as you might think, with proponents of this quirky sub-genre popping up all over America over the past 5 years or so, as well as some far flung outposts, notably Scandinavia.
Welcome To The Breakdown, featuring seven new tracks, is the band's second release after 2009's Cool Is Just A Number EP.
The opener and title track Welcome to the Breakdown showcases the best of I Fight Dragons with a big bouncy chorus, and chunky guitars cutting through the usual bleeps and bloops.
No Kontrol continues in the same vein, before a brilliant re-imagining of the Huey Lewis & The News hit The Power of Love. This is surely what chiptune is made for, turning the song into a gloriously geeky feelgood anthem when re-routed through a SNES. By chosing such a quintessentially eighties hit the material chimes perfectly with the chosen medium, not sounding too dated or twee.
Give It Up is another perfect nugget of furious power-pop which recalls bands like Nada Surf or Cake, with it's inspiring and unpretentious chorus "Give it up for human nature / Give it up now bit by bit / Give it up cause kid your future lies here dying and there's not use crying over it".
Not much summing up to do here, Make Up The Breakdown is a great little EP, and well worth a listen. If you like chiptune you will like this, and if you've never heard of it then I urge you to try this, you might just like it.
Final Score: 79%