“Cut Off!” the first EP from pioneering Beijing-based post-punks Re-TROS (Rebuilding the Rights of Statues), delivers explosive, danceable, unsettling energy that leaves you unsure whether you want to take your clothes off and shake the spiders out, or go look for a rope, a closet and a copy of Iggy Pop’s “The Idiot.” This is visceral music built from the bones up. Think Ubermensch rather than Frankenstein’s monster: beautiful, brilliant and brooding.
Even legendary composer/producer Brian Eno was so blown away he stood in on guest keyboards (we couldn’t make this stuff up, seriously). You ever play seven minutes in heaven? “Cut Off!” is like that stretched out for half an hour: tangible, sweat-soaked darkness, blood pumping atmospherics and they never open the door.