A fine split 45 by these two Scranton, PA bands. The A side is one cut from Kid Icarus, the flip is two from Das Black Milk. If you like your cup of indie-pop tea fuzzy and summery, then Kid Icarus’ “Kid Icarus” will definitely hit the spot. It’s a studio upgrade of an early track they wrote back in ’96 during the dawn of the band’s career. So, while I don’t really visit the indie-rock genre too often these days, spinning this tune was enjoyably nostalgic, as it conjured up memories of a pivotal musical era for me… “the good old days”: the early-to-mid 90’s…hit by a deluge of great indie bands, discovering and spinning endless amounts of 45’s hoping to find something that would completely blow my mind.
While I definitely enjoyed “Kid Icarus” and found it to be a melodic, endearing nugget of noise-pop, Das Black Milk’s side is what did it for me. The lead-off song “Art in A Blender” is good...it has vague traces of a few UK punk bands (Clash, Jam, Stranglers) and has a neat little ambient drift for a coda. “Wanna Be King” however, is the true gem here. Utterly and completely addicting, it moves with a confident groove that is both sultry and slightly menacing. Kind of a Goo/Dirty-era Sonic Youth vibe mixed with a Joy Divisionesque throb that still manages to sound unique. I could (and did!) listen to a song like this all day long, and I’d be more than happy to hear a whole album’s worth of songs in this vein. So what we have here is a winner. And some awesome artwork. The Kid Icarus side is a drawing of band members running atop a planet dressed in red Star Trek shirts with the U.S.S. Enterprise floating in space behind them. Nice. 6/10 -- Daniel DeRogatis (11 June, 2009)