Simply Thrilling (2012)
I can say pretty confidently that with this review, this is the longest stretch where I have reviewed a format other than vinyl. Yeah I had that Blues Brothers 7" last week, but aside from that it's been all CDs this year. It's mostly an attempt to catch up on all of the Japanese CDs I picked up last year and while I certainly have made a dent in the backlog, I still have a surprising amount left. That being said, I'm going to start bringing the vinyl back in pretty soon. I've got a backlog of that brewing as well.
Nervous Hearts is another Japanese band I hadn't heard of prior to my trip to Tokyo last year. The cover art certainly grabbed me and I was assured that it was power poppy and likely up my alley. Well, that's the fact, Jack. Falling In Love With.. contains 6 songs of somewhat mod, slightly Buzzcocks style power pop punk. Even through they're playing a pretty different style of music, the guitar tone reminds me a lot of early Snuff, though it's used for a much different purpose.
Aside from the opening instrumental (which is quite excellent), each of the songs is a revved up mix of bouncy guitar, tight rhythms and catchy vocal melodies. It reminds me a lot of the sort of thing you'd expect HoZac to release, when they're feeling more poppy than garagey. While Nervous Hearts aren't playing the sort of Snuffy Smiles style pop punk that I tend to favor in Japanese bands, they've crafted a slick EP that makes me want to hear more. Problem is, I think this is the only record they ever released. If I'm wrong, let me know.
Nervous Hearts - "Loser On The Street" (I could only find a live version online):