Pennsylvanian electro-rockers Patrick Nissley (vocals, programming), Kris Barman (guitar, synths, programming), Jesse Cronan (sampling, synths, vocals), and Jared Piccone (drums) decided to join forces and form Innerpartysystem in 2006. With a band name loosely derived from the Orwellian classic 1984 don’t expect sunny and upbeat tunes, but be prepared for a hummable throb of synth-heavy, melodramatic, emo-ish dance rock. IPS have a distinctive vision as their songs incorporate electronic beats that nod towards Pendulum, The Chemical Brothers, and Squarepusher, but also the melodic and aggressive energy that is not far from what you would find in Nine Inch Nails, Julien-K, or even hardcore punk. Add to that some influence by The Killers and Shiny Toy Guns and you get the picture.
Their self-titled debut (2008) reeks of talent and shows a band with great potential; hefty dance grooves, soaring guitars, emotive vocals, and heavy synths are perfectly mixed, thus creating an undeniable energy destined to bring havoc to any dance floor cloaked in black. Fans of White Lies should really check them out.