One of the many bands to come speeding out of NYC within the past few years has finally released a new EP. From the very intro of the title track of this EP you can tell this band is finding their voice. This release has a more leveled off sound the preceding full length instead of being reminiscent of it's possible influence this represents what the Interface sound now is and what it is becoming. A great EP for any DJ to have to pack a floor and will leave your mouth watering in anticipation for the full length. -9/10 rating- --Review by DJ23
Interface's sound climbs to previously uncharted heights with this engrossing and highly dance-driven EP. Much as its name implies, this release goes well beyond what listeners have come to expect from Interface. This act's material has always been technically brilliant, but the emotional element frequently seemed to be somewhat lacking. In contrast, Destination Focus does not hesitate to bring its audience along for a wild ride through sounds and beats that pay close attention to creating the buildup and the corresponding catharsis that marks truly great music, whatever the genre. The electronic wizardry is much more advanced in this EP, with layers that are not only more carefully crafted, but are blended together in a way that is thoroughly absorbing and entrancing.
The four different versions of "Destination" are all excellent, each evoking the epic intensity that makes a song memorable and fills a dance floor time and time again. The single version revives the smooth, streamlined electronic sound that fans of Interface have come to expect, but with an edgy drive that really does have the touch of adventure and excitement implied by the name of the song. The State of the Union remix is incredible, with long breaks that add pomp and drama to the already impressive formula. The Code 64 remix takes things in a more playful synthpop direction, while the Mindless Faith remix is hard and heavy. The additional new songs are equally if not more memorable than the title track. With "Northstar," the beat comes in hard and strong and is soon accompanied by vocals that have a slightly electric lilt, causing them to come across as more subdued while the fierce and many-layered electronics take center stage. "Inferno" may be the most aggressive track that Interface has ever put out, with a crushing introduction of long, descending synths that dive into an unstoppable progression of beats. "After Hours" creates yet another mood that is uncharacteristic of Interface, this time a slightly playful vocal delivery matched by synths that seem to be divided between enigmatic and wistful, though the two feelings increasingly come together and flow with mutual conviction as the end comes nearer in sight.
Interface has noticeably moved to the next level with Destination Focus. Those familiar with previous material will be impressed and newcomers will be blown away. Anyone into electronic dance music that refuses to be dismissed as background noise and cannot help but steal center stage should check this out! --Review by Dillon Carlyon
Two years after their last full length release, Interface return with the Destination Focus EP. “Destination” is a very strong song vocally. Eric’s delivery is solid and the chorus hooks into your brain and keeps going long after the song is over. There are three remixes of “Destination” and are all worth inclusion on this disc. The State of the Union remix is the strongest in my opinion, it’s got a thicker sonic feel to it without being too muddy. Mindless Faith puts their spin on the title track as well adding their signature sound from their Momentum CD, listening to this remix it’s evident as to the artist responsible. The Code 64 remix is a bit quicker in tempo than the original and has a brighter, crisper and more synthetic feel to it with the instrumentation coming off very video-game like especially in the lead line between verse and chorus. “Inferno“, an instrumental track, has strong elements of early techno and trance and feels like it would fit well in a warehouse party with thousands of people moving to an endless beat. It definitely carries the energy found in early Icon of Coil dancefloor hits. “North Star” sounds reminiscent of early Neuroticfish and could easily be a strong single on it’s own. “After Hours” begins with a bubbling synth line and a sparse vocal line. I’m slightly reminded of the opening for Stromkern’s cover of “Anthrax”, though “After Hours” is much more chill and lacks any aggressive qualities. The “Destination Focus” EP is hopefully an indication of the quality we can expect from the next full length. If this proves to be the case it’s been well worth the wait. - DJ Rift
The American futurepop electro band Interface is back in the frontlines with a new MCD named Destination Focus. The first sounds of ‘Destination’ immediately remind of the sound of the Dutch futurepop electro band Angels & Agony from some years ago and this impression doesn’t disappear with the other tracks on this EP, ‘North Star’, ‘Inferno’ and ‘After Hours’. Not bad, well done but it does sound somewhat dated in 2008 when you can trace back the sounds of another band from a couple of years ago. A bit of a letdown thus, moreover since Interface has delivered better material in the past, like the ingenious track ‘Age of Computers’ from the album Beyond Humanity from 2006. Of the ‘Destination’ track this MCD contains remixes by State of the Union , Code 64 and Mindless Faith. A nice collection of subtop names from the electro world, but unfortunately these remixes are not that surprising or anything special either. State of the Union draws the song even more towards futurepop territory whilst using some excellent sounds and making the song even more danceable. Code 64 tries to give the song a twist of their own sound but doesn’t achieve in that which makes the song a bit too synthetic in sound. Mindless Faith does manage to add an extra dimension and this is also the most accomplished remix of the ‘Destination’ track. The song ‘North Star’ is like you see more often actually a much better song than the title track of this MCD, and it is also sung with much more emotion. ‘Inferno’ is nothing special and ‘After Hourts’ is a nice experiment with its minimal techno touch and again strong vocals. Interface doesn’t completely deliver with this MCD, despite some nice moments and this is a bit disappointing since the band has delivered more consistent work than this in their past. - Teknoir
Interface- Long Island, New York Synthpop/Futurepop band that’s been around for quite a long time, since 1993 in fact. They sound kind of like Information Society, De/Vision, Psyche, Seabound, Neuropa, The Echoing Green, Underwater Pilots and a host of others in the genre. They’ve been on a number of comps (Cryonica, A Different Drum, Alfa Matrix, etc.), have half a dozen releases including this one to their credit, and an upcoming full album release in 2009. In 2005 they hooked up with Nilaihah Records, probably a good move for them. TTo their credit, hey seem to maintain a pretty active profile in spite of about 20 other bands having the same name.
On this 7 track EP, there are 5 versions of the title track- “Destination”. First is the single version, then the “State of the Union Remix”, the “Code 64 Remix”, the “Mindless Faith Remix” and “North Star”. The song is basically straight-ahead futurepop with a generically memorable hook- (“I will be your destination, I am the promised land, You will be my inspiration, you make me understand”) and a strong dance beat. Vocals done in a clean, minimally processed fashion (a bit of chorusing). Typical elements in the single version- futurepop synths, sequencing, a dash of vocoder for accents. The “State of the Union Remix” is a bit heavier than the single version, eliminates the synth excepting the bass on the verses, and pumps up the synth hook on the chorus, and the vocoder. The “Code 64 Remix” begins with a strong synth bass, rearranges the synth parts on the verses (from none on the first verse, to a fuller sequenced pad on the second) before the first chorus, which is handed off to female vocalist Rachel Feder. She gets only minimal string and a hyperactive bass backing for her solo vocal. This is quickly followed by a Casio-like sequenced melody carrying back into the refrain with vocals handed back off to Interface’s Eric Elredge. Another Casio-ish synth counter-melody emerges briefly. This is probably the weakest track on the CD. The “Mindless Faith Remix” might be the heaviest remix but it’s so junked up with sonic effluvia that it sounds distorted. Call it industrial, whatever. It does offer more open spaces which might be a good thing for the dancefloor but (DJs be warned) shaky soundsystems are gonna cry uncle over this one.
“North Star” is nothing more than “Destination” without any chorus hook in it all and a lot of busy sequencing. “Inferno” reminds me a bit of Covenant in the beat and synth departments, and might have been pretty good if there was a song in there somewhere, but I couldn’t find one. Still, it might make good dancefloor fodder. “After Hours” is the final and quirkiest track on the EP, and offers something a little different than the 6 dance oriented tracks that precede it- mid tempo with a repeated vocal refrain about drifting away, swathed in a cloud of ‘verb and echo and an off-kilter synth line.
So what’s the final verdict? First, if you’ve never read my reviews before, don’t get the impression that I don’t like Synthpop and Futurepop because I do, when it’s original and engaging. The problem is here, that the featured song here sounds a bit genre-generic and the remixes aren’t all that compelling. Passable dancefloor fodder, but unless you’re a DJ (and they usually get copies gratis) what’s the point? Yes, it’s competent and well-produced, but for 8 bucks (or more!) I’d pass. Maybe if it was half-price it might be worth it for the “Inferno” Covenant-style instrumental track. You could add in your own vocal track and send it back to the band. They might even be amused. Hopefully their upcoming 2009 full album will have a lot more to offer than what I’ve heard here. - Steve Mecca