Monday, September 14, 2020

Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb - Fake Nature LP (/250)


Big Neck (2020)

Despite the font size of Fake Nature being much larger on the album cover, the name of the band is Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.  That's an excellent band name as both a movie reference and just a general bad ass name for a punk rock band.  I can't say I had super high expectations going in, the animal heads on the band members as their cover art made me wonder if this was going to just sound trashy, but as it turns out, I really dig this album quite a bit.

The band is absolutely a garage-y punk band at heart and I hear echos of the Carbonas on quite a few songs, particularly in the way the guitar riffs blast through.  The guitar tones are warm, but have just enough crackle to give the songs a tight, yet at the same time slightly ramshackle vibe to them.  Finding that balance is such a difficult thing to do and it maintains all of the band's energy while producing a record that doesn't sound like shit.  The majority of the vocals are carried by Sal Go and her delivery is powerful, but still pretty melodic at the end of the day.

The record is solid from start to finish, but I have to point out the song "Perverse Mortgage" in particular.  It's a bit of a change of pace from the rest of the album as it leans further away from the band's usual sound and reminds me a lot of the band Smalltown.  Just a little bit of bouncy, mod sounding guitar work and the band knocks the song completely out of the park.  This is a band definitely worth checking out.

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