You have some pretty big 80’s-style shoes to fill if you claim that you sound like Depeche Mode. Unfortunately for Techno-group Audit Division, those shoes were way too big to fill. Audit Division’s self-titled 6 song EP really doesn’t hit high marks this week. The band is essentially an 80’s style techno group with two lead singers, a girl and a boy. They were really not good. Of course, with a name like Audit Division, which sounds like no fun at all, that’s about what I expected.
The first problem with their EP is that the songs are all a disproportionate amount of time. The shortest song is almost 5 minutes long and the longest clocks in at 8 1/2 minutes. The songs themselves aren’t terrible, but they are way too long for their quality. It’s really rare that an 8 minute long song is actually worth sitting through, and even the really good ones are hard to sit through. 8 minutes is essentially an eternity in listening-to-music time.
It takes Audit Division’s 8 minute long track titled, “Stay,” a minute or so to get started, and even when it does, it’s not at all worth “staying” for. All of their songs are just sort of bland and hard to get into. They have some okay beats and the singing isn’t terrible, it’s just not anything to write home about and it’s not even worth listening to when it comes right down to it. Making music in the 80’s genre just isn’t going to catch on anymore unless you dress it up a little like M83. I mean when was the last time a Depeche Mode song was on the radio? It’s not a genre worth adding to at this time. Because of that, Audit Division’s self-titled EP is a big swing and a miss.