Released to appease fans anxiously awaiting the follow-up to The New Transistor Heroes
's blend of demos and B-sides is surprisingly short on throwaways. Bis
doesn't break any new ground here, turning out more takes on neo-'80s pop complete with layman's drum machines, cheesy keyboards, and innocently ranting choruses that showcase their school spirit. But their gift for a golden melody can't be argued, as "Famous" proves when lead cheerleader Manda Rin
lets her vocals, laced with attitude and cutie-pie theatrics, casts an air of optimistic whimsy that makes even the hollow demo take sound radio friendly. If anything, the abbreviated length of this collection hits harder at times than the whole of the slightly long-winded Heroes
, making their nostalgic dance formula easier to swallow.