As they say, breaking up is hard to do, but so is staying together. Los Angeles band Moving Units should know—they’ve done both. Since the band’s inception in 2001, members have come and gone; solo projects have taken root; and the novel dance-rock of their early records has become a given in the indie scene. That’s a lot of change for any band to weather, but Moving Units has emerged on the other side with Neurotic Exotic, their third full-length album and first in six years.
Their latest single, “Attack Everything,” is a testament to the band’s resilience. A heady mix of drums, synth, and guitar riffs, the single is urgent and energetic. It’s the dance-rock of their early days updated with a splash of ’90s club. Rather than resisting change, the band seems to be fueled by it.
“The title sums up the inspiration behind this tune,” singer Blake Miller explains. “It’s about being young and indestructible. Everything is possible. Everyone is provocative. Everywhere you go is the coolest spot you could possibly be. Chemicals are shared. Glass breaks. Conversations erupt and implode. It all comes and goes. ‘Love, love, love; it’s the drug we’re thinking of—attack everything!'” In the case of Moving Units, we think love is less a mark of youth and more of endurance.
MOVING UNITS’ FORTHCOMING RECORD, NEUROTIC EXOTIC, IS OUT SEPTEMBER 10 ON METROPOLIS. FOR MORE ON THE BAND, VISIT ITS WEBSITE.