People Staff
September 11, 1978 12:00 PM

The Dictators

To attack the Dictators’ music as atonal, pummeling, instrumentally monotonous, lyrically dimwitted and socially unredeemable is merely to define New Wave (which is distinguishable from Punk, a subclass that sounds the same but adds studiously outrageous political and stage posturings). Given all the ground rules, these lads make the most of their minimal art. Indeed, they offer some novel, mind-bending chord shifts—all in frantic overdrive—and lead guitarist Ross the Boss has crafty spitfire solos on most of the songs. The Dictators are obviously a level above most of their competition. If they improve on their material, they may become too good to be New Wave and end up just another fine driving rock band.

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