Hellogoodbye's 2004 self-titled EP was a homemade dweeb-dance masterpiece, both hopelessly spazmatic and endearingly earnest. So it's not surprising that on their debut full-length, Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs!, the SoCal quartetdoexactly what they suggested in an early MP3 hit: "Shimmy Shimmy Quarter Turn (Take It Back to Square One)." Z! A! V! D! is peppy, sugary powerpop at its finest, a CD taking HGB's familiar blips, synths and herky-jerky sentiment to a sunnier, more '80s-inspired locale one where it's not only possible to be jokey and wistful, it's highly encouraged.
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