Fans of The Vanishing and Veronica Lipgloss will go crazy for Dandi Wind, an electro/death rock duo that exploded onto the Vancouver dance punk party scene midway through 2004, gigging relentlessly and becoming quite a smash before leaving for Montreal early in 2005.
<br><br> The band is made up of art-damaged singer Dandi Wind, equal parts performance artist, sex symbol and 80's tinged tortured Nazi robot and her partner Szam Findlay, responsible for the 80's inflected synth programming. Live shows are a key component to the Dandi Wind experience – Dandi is known for her costumes and high-energy antics. <br><br> Bait the Traps opens with the Arab tinge of Umbilical Noose and moves to the album highlight, Balloon Factory, a frenetically paced number with Dandi's crazed vocals belting out a very catchy if totally indecipherable chorus, something along the lines of ‘wang diddly dang dang, diddle bit of wang, wom bom ding dong.’ <br><br> The second strongest moment on Bait The Traps is album closer Todo O Dia. Its robotic synth programming and vocal rhythm perfectly match Dandi's Germanic vocal affectations. The song is catchy and funny (there’s a comical interplay between the lyric “I’m going to band a gong” and a recurring gong sound through the remainder of the song), and the synth programming is at its most distinctive and interesting with gurgling sounds and off-kilter kick drums. <br><br> Arguably, the album's weakest moments see the duo attempting to boogie on Ms 45 and again on the Ueno Park Boogie. Points for trying, though – it's not easy for machines to sing the blues. <br><br> Bait The Traps features lots of wild photos of Dandi in performance and the short movie Another Side Effect – a few minutes of Dandi stumbling around a warehouse in a leotard puking, writhing and retching in a pile of cardboard boxes. Towards the end it turns into a bit of a blood feast worthy of Herschel Gordon Lewis. More funny than discomforting but Dandi’s scream probably did make my upstairs neighbor wonder.