Do you think that it is possible to ride on a wave of evil with a
Farfisa as your surfboard? What do you think it feels like to go to a
fantastically entertaining funeral where Satan is the musical act? These are dark times we live in and the Nucular
decided to celebrate with their new Start From An End album, their first since their K debut Nucular Aminals [KLP233].
If one were to look for the Nucular Aminals major musical influences you
would quickly find them on their sweatshirted sleeves. For example,
"Comeuppance" breeds a Northwest monster sound with tightly laced guitar
and organ interworkings. The adept and nasty use of chords and
turnarounds in "Downstairs Children" sound like a Rat Fink supercharger
running out of control in Sleepy Hollow. Erin Schmith's lithe and
ample keyboard sounds figure heavily into "Nobody's Man" the air with necessary melodic weight while Wiley Hickson, the cymbal
and snare scientist himself, concocts a sinister 3/4 dervish on "Health
is imposing" that rocks Robert Comitz's ghost call into the afterlife.
Waiting there is Jheremy Grigsby like a low frequency monolith,
delivering a healthy collective vibration to songs like "Start from an End".
For those who like their melancholy with a touch of math, this is a
place where everyone knows your name. Don't let me be misunderstood
though, these sounds are HEAVY! The crunchy guitars are literally eating
the reverb plate alive! A touch of Grunge you say? Perhaps. But if you
decide to call Portland your home you wear that tag like a badge of
honor. Nucular Aminals wouldn't have it any other way and they back up
their meaty fervor throughout this excellent LP.
The Aminals tour and perform quite often, playing with respectable
groups like Ty Segall, White Fence, Harlem, Grass Widow, Crystal Stilts,
The Intelligence, Nodzzz and many more. Seeing them live is a must and
if you are lucky (and you will be) they will even serenade you in
STREAM IT: http://nucularaminals.bandcamp.com/
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