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Surviving a Nuclear Winter

The self-titled 2004 debut album by U.S.E (United State of Electronica) is the sonic equivalent of a sweaty group hug. It's a frothy roller coaster of up-with-people dance pop, a mood-elevating collection of gorgeous, soaring tunes for people who find Stardust's "Music Sounds Better with You" too depressing. The Seattle septet rode the popularity of the disc all the way to a Japanese tour in 2005, including an appearance at the Fuji Rock Festival.

Four years later, U.S.E have finally delivered their follow-up, LOVEWORLD. To absolutely nobody who's familiar with the band's surprise, the new album upholds U.S.E's ranking among the planet's happiest, most positive musicians (that title may have tipped you off, eh?). Listen to the disc's 12 songs and you can't help feeling like you've won a worry-vanquishing amount of money on a TV game show while strobe lights pulsate, confetti falls, and sunshine glints off of your glass of champagne as you bask in a Jacuzzi. It's enough to make one suspicious.

How can seven Americans in 2009 maintain this steadfast euphoria in an era fraught with so much spirit- maiming news? Surely U.S.E must harbor cauldrons of spite beneath their ultracheerful exteriors.

So just before they play their biggest Seattle gig to date, we decided to dig beneath U.S.E's smiley demeanors, open our eyes to their dark sides, and ask the party people of U.S.E: What do you hate?

Derek Chan (bass):

• Day jobs that won't give you a moment's peace.

• Buying ice cream and dropping it right outside the store.

• Inconsiderate people.

• Being judged by appearances.

• Kids who are too cool for school.

• People who don't use their turn signals.

• Messing up when playing a show.

• Waiting to get on to play a show.

• Feeling inadequate.

• Fear.

Peter Sali (guitar/vocals):

• The number of our age. Maybe if there were a pill to make us not know, we would relax a little and just roll. The time line and pressure to accomplish and do this or that would disappear.

• Music playing around you 24 hours a day. I wonder if constant exposure might diminish the power of music by deadening ears to the pricks and jumps of music's sounds. I'll bet long exposure to the sound of wind or water is healthier.

• That cover band in Germany named "U.S.E."

Jason Holstrom (guitar/vocals):

• I hate celebrity-tabloid-type magazines. We should all have much more important things to worry about.

• I hate cut-away acoustic guitars. Along with that comes a hate of the sound of an acoustic guitar pickup through a DI.

• I hate gossip. Loose lips sink ships.

• I hate it when people ask me if I have a cold. No, I don't, my voice just sounds that way; nice to meet you, too.

• I hate it when people don't take us seriously. It's for real! • I hate it when people take us seriously.

• I hate clear-cutting. Hug trees.

• I hate that rock and roll has damaged my hearing. What? Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiing!!!

• I hate eating jellyfish. Forevermore.

• I hate being stuck on the interstate. I love driving, so gimme a highway, the lifeblood of this country!

• I hate waiting. Yet patience is a virtue.

• I hate the feeling after eating a doughnut. Regret.

• I hate it when people say "vocorder." (It's a vocoder!)

Noah Star Weaver (keyboards/vocals):

• I hate feeling like I've got it all figured out, because I know I don't.

Amanda Okonek (vocals):

• I hate mayonnaise.

• I hate when I order something without mayonnaise, but it still ends up on my food.

• I hate most creamy, white sauces.

• I hate talking on the phone (except to Carly!).

• I hate having to wake up early for work.

• I hate small closets.

• I hate war.

• I hate oppression.

• I hate injustice.

• I hate homophobia.

• I hate when adults are mean to kids.

• I hate being told what to do.

• I hate logic homework.

• I hate loading gear.

Carly Nicklaus (vocals):

• I'm not a hater, I just crush a lot.

Jon e. Rock (drums):

• Ticks.

• Lil Wayne. His voice sounds like a car with fingernails for tires emergency-breaking down a chalkboard street with teakettles boiling in the back seat and the EBS blaring on a 200w stereo.

• Every time I look in my bathroom mirror, "The Greatest Love of All" gets stuck in my head.

• The Monkees were underrated.

• The arts don't pay very much.

• The misallocation of money and intelligence: $5,000 for a purse, U.S. military expenditures of $650 billion last year.

• Lots of people think that Lenny Kravitz wrote "American Woman."

• The annoying sidekick on the Weekend at Bernie's series starring Andrew McCarthy and Neil Patrick Harris as a young Bernie. • Night terrors (although that would be an awesome name for a band).

• Bible thumpers.

• The words "plop" and "floater."

• Antonio Sabato Jr.

• Post-it notes (but if they had Charles S. Dutton's face in the corner that would be acceptable).

• The racism abounding in Cool Runnings starring John Candy and Doug E. Doug and Neil Patrick Harris as a young John Candy.

• That recent song about having a bad day. "So you had a bad day... something something sooomething..."

• The Blue Angels.

• Zildjian Scimitar series.

• DW 5500TL hi-hat stand.

• Weeping Demon wah pedal. (Why so sad and evil, pedal? Cheer up.)

• Drummers who talk to the audience between songs.

• People who smell like cheese.

• Being stared at because I am "ethnic" and getting searched by the FBI at airports.