Extradition Order’s “American Prometheus” album is a co-release between five labels: Gare Du Nord, Blang, Jezus Factory, Helen Llewellyn Product 19, and I Blame The Parents.
“A Northern Soul album about the atomic bomb” is how the band have referred to it during its creation – a great tagline….maybe that’s all you need to read…..but of course it’s not quite as simple as that.
After their astute gothic indie dissection of the Kennedy dynasty on their previous album, EO’s obsession with US politics and history turns to the life and career of J Robert Oppenheimer around the Manhattan Project and the development of the first A-bomb.
The songs cover the science a little, but also Oppenheimer’s private and political life and legacy – the album concludes with the reminder that he was nominated for the Nobel Prize three times but never won it.
The album is dedicated to EO founder member Nick Boardman who sadly passed away in 2018 but whose bass hooks and singing run through this record at its foundations.
It’s in tribute to Nick that all five labels who have been involved in previous Extradition Order releases have joined forces to co-release and co-promote this album.
“Comes kissed with that much loved skittishness of old, though here honed delightfully with an up close in your face vibrancy whose funkstruck soulful hiccuping hip swerve is acutely cut from the same art pop template that graced those early Talking Heads and Modern Lovers platters. Add into that palette a transfusion of the Sinatras and Fire Engines’ contortionist pop, some keenly fused moments of classic foot flapping Two Tone-ism and a smidgen of the Dexy’s ‘searching for the young soul rebels’ and you have yourself a neat hysteria fuelled hotpot of infectious groove.” – LOSING TODAY
“Fans of the B52’s and Gang Of Four look no further” – THE STRANGE BREW
“With colliery soul requiems, prowling hints of Blurt, cheerleader Grease rah-rah and bursts of My Life Story, The Pop Group, Style Council and The Mekons, Extradition Order blow open the myths and dramas behind the conflicted Oppenheimer: warts and all. American Prometheus is another mini triumph from a band that manages to bridge the fury and wrath of punk with the contorting squawks and funk of no wave and the brassy heralded romantic yearns of northern soul: good going guys. Expect to see this one in our albums of 2020″. – Monolith Cocktail