London 3 piece Weak Nerves released a new EP a few weeks ago, entitled ‘Self Esteem’ – 6 songs each with serious clout of their own, ranging from the thumping and eventually explosive riffs of (the really good and maybe actually my favourite) ‘Dying to Know’ (hope you’re moving on/ and hoping that you’re not) to the directness of ‘Glazed’.
Their 2013 EP included the excellent ‘Bedroom Rot’, which fittingly revelled in high-yield bedroom-rock; vocalist Sean Keane getting a lot back from the gruff delivery of his only semi-articulated syllables whilst lick-happy guitars brought melody and energy in equal measure.
‘Glazed’ exhibits a kind of amped-up version of the angsty slackerism from ‘Bedroom Rot’ until the brooding bedroom aggression splits at the sides as the chorus howls
I’m glazed, not fazed
From the openly raw shrieks to the barely hidden dark and sleazy claustrophobia of the verses, ‘Glazed’ stands out as the most affecting song on the EP.
That said, this EP brings a serious dose of psychedelic haziness which features throughout, but more notably in ‘Community Spirit’, adding another layer of sound to a proudly guitar-lead EP.
Crazily enough their first EP is still available as ‘name your price’ download on Bandcamp, so go get that but not before you’ve got your ears round the grungey goodness of ‘Self Esteem’
Osoosooso is a project led by the not ‘ex’ but current State Lines member, JD, which is important because State Lines are still a band. Next month Osoosooso are releasing a 7-track EP from which ‘Neighbors’ is taken.
The first moments suggest that Osoosooso exhibit the stripped back pop-punkyness which was present in parts of State Lines’ second album (which is super great); it’s thudding palm muting ahoy, but then the drums and the other guitar twitch into action and the lyrics twist towards the tangible with the lines ‘I thought I heard your voice in the back of my head/turns out you’re next door’ and suddenly you’re wrapped up in a full bodied, purposeful pop-punk tune as you figure out why frontman Jonathan hates his neighbours so much.
‘I tried to be the nice guy’ (either that or ‘I’ve been such an asshole’) is so often the call of the pop-punk; the world turning on them despite their best efforts, and Osoosooso is no exception and it turns out that bummed out guitar music is still the best way for smart, frustrated American late teens and early twenty-somethings to communicate their vulnerable admittance of emotions, often drawing from the mundane world they are surrounded by and about which they’re so cynical; ‘I hate the neighbours’, for example.
It’s just Osoosooso good (haha) and I’m really looking forward to the EP. Since I started writing this (I know right), the band previewed another of the songs from the EP, the intimate and twinklier, ‘Safe’ and it’s hard to decide if it is better than ‘Neighbors’ or not but it was never supposed to be a competition.
‘It lets me know I’m safe’