I was late to the party on this band because I hated the hype they had been getting. I'm stubbornly reactionary that way, and it rarely works out for me. Go figure.
So anyway, I got the "Inches" compilation when it came out in 2004 as a way to covertly catch up on what I had been trying to ignore, and, surprise, it was real good. Since then I've gotten in my DeLorean and driven 88 miles per hour back in time to scoop up some of the bands earlier releases, this being one of them.
I like their take on post-punk, it's twitchy, bubbly, kinda mean, and always well executed. It's as if they're smart enough to be clever, but not so smart that they resort to smarmy-ness, and I like that due to my low tolerance for smarmy-ness. Don't tolerate it. They have a good sense of when to hammer on an idea, and when to mix things up. The songs are cohesive, but never boring, like they've found their "sound", and that sound suits them so well.