Expensive Haircut Rock deserves our cynicism, especially when it comes from LA and pushes all the right Jesus and Mary Chain and Chameleons buttons, but Gliss seem to be the real deal; they live in the world of slant bangs and ennui
-imbued eighties-themed nightclubs, but focus less on the glamour of its props and settings and more on just how alienating the whole situation can be. Snowy reverb cakes over the vocals, tormented guitars jab like syringes, and lockstep rhythms egg on repetitive lyrics -- which, in light of their surroundings, sound more like futile grasps for stability than mantras of affirmation. We're left with some well-developed tunes: "Kick in Your Heart" gives Interpol a run for their lost-in-a-cold-city-of-angular-guitar money and hides a killer hook; "Peeping Tom" buries itself under a trilling lead and a maelstrom of cymbals without losing the plot; "Velvet Stars" ladles out pulsing dream-pop that's as fuzzy and bright as its title implies.
The EP's remaining songs don't lament anonymity so much as they accept it, at least aesthetically speaking, but Kick In Your Heart still keeps its head firmly above The Ravonettes and their ilk.