CARTOON VIOLENCE IS ON TOUR MAY AND JUNE 2017
ABOUT 2 PHAT II FAIL
Over the years, Cartoon Violence has played with many bassists and drummers, but never for more than a few shows or recording sessions. A few years back, they started using GameBoy sounds to replace the bass and drums in their live show, culminating in the 2015 EP, "Live at the Stork Club".
"2 Phat II Fail" is their first studio release using GameBoy sounds created in the LSDJ tracking program, as well as live guitar, bass, keyboards, and vocals. The 7 songs on the EP, like all good Cartoon Violence songs, evoke the spirit of various bands and genres while always offering a new musical take with clever lyrics and catchy choruses.
ABOUT THE SONGS
"Running Into Walls" is a dark but danceable song which has been in the live set since 2015 but is just now seeing a studio release.
"Fashion Fit" continues the Cartoon Violence tradition of dance songs about fashion, and features guest vocals by Keiko Takamura of Crashfaster.
"Battles" was written for the 8bitLA compilation "You Can't Tear Down a Feeling: A Chiptune Tribute to The Smell" and is a short fast punk song about strong opinions.
"Medicine" is a DEVO-inspired infusion of beeps, wubs, pew pews, and shredding electric guitar.
"Robotto" is Professor Robot's origin story song, which also features Keiko Takamura on backing vocals.
"12 Yesterdays Ago" is an earnest tongue in a sincere cheek, where Cartoon Violence channels The Cure probably a little more than they should.
"The Item Shop" is the final realization of the guitar-only version of this song which appeared on the band's 2009 demo, "Beer and Pickles," and can be used as a fairly accurate walkthrough for "The Legend of Zelda."