A while back I raved about the Nasty On’s Lester Bangs EP, and somewhere in there I promised I’d also write about their first full length, City Sick, so here ya go.
Picking up right where Lester Bangs left off, this record is still balls-to-the-wall, straight ahead awesome rock and roll. It’d sound great in a bar, or on rock radio, or in your car as you barrel down some highway somewhere. Song-wise it kinda sounds to me like the Headstones, or the Trews, or any of a bunch of other great Canadian rock bands. There’s even a bit of a Hives-like sound too (and yes I’m aware that the Hives aren’t Canadian, I was just taking the thought global, apparently). That said, there’s an individuality to their sound, too, and it mostly comes from the awesome rawk-snarl of lead singer Jason Grimmer. It perfectly melds itself to the ripping guitars and with the bottom end of bass and drums pounding along, it’s an intoxicating mix indeed.
These guys should have been a lot bigger than they were/are. Everyone should have been buying their records and annoying their parents with them at top volume. This band should have been playing shows at every venue that had an opening from coast to coast, touring constantly. It’s still a mystery to me why, in this country, there are so many great bands that make interesting, exciting records like this one but continue to skim below the radar of popularity. I don’t know how it works, is there some sort of unspoken annual quota for this kind of music? That’d be retarded.
Well, you heard it here from the KMA, and so you know it to be gospel. This album rocks and you should own it if you don’t already. Can I get a Hallelujah, for we have heard The Word? C’mon everybody, join in and sing along. And keep your ears to the ground about a potential new record from these guys. When you have news, please write us here at the KMA and let us know about it. We want it when it comes out. We want it badly. Oh baby.
When I lived in Saskatoon, I’d constantly go to the Vinyl Diner looking for new tunes, but sometimes I wouldn’t be entirely sure of what I needed to hear. I’d wander the whole place and see a whole bunch of awesome, but I’d approach Stu (the owner – Hi Stu!) and I’d say, “Man, I need some new (to me) music. You know what I like. Whatcha got?”
On one of these occasions, Stu passed me this amazing EP from Nasty On. Admittedly I’d never heard of them when I bought it, but it hit me at just the right time and in just the right way. Stu’s music recommendations are like that. Right on.
I still can’t stop playing this EP. It’s loud, obnoxious and totally fun. It rocks. It sounds like the Stooges and AC/DC had a child in the back room of a smoky club, just before showtime. Yeah baby! There isn’t a bad song on here. Lester Bangs, for example, easily makes it onto every Rawk compilation CD I make for the car. It is so much fun, screaming along to that one. Sometimes I Take Pills is awesome too… Oh hell, I shouldn’t be picking favourites – they’re all great. If I was in a band, I would totally want it to sound like this.
Later on, I bought their full-length City Sick, and it’s beautiful too. I’ll get around to reviewing it here at some point, not to worry. But I keep coming back to this EP, probably because it was what I heard first and we all know about first impressions.
According to the CBC Radio 3 web site (I couldn’t get the band’s site to come up) these guys are working on a third disc of awesome loudness, called Squid, although there’s no news about a release date. It could be out there already and I don’t yet have it! How much would that suck? A lot! If anybody out there knows or can find out more about this, please let us know here at the KMA. All info appreciated!
The Lester Bangs EP is probably a little harder to find than your average CD, but this is not an average CD in any way. It is totally worth your time and effort in digging through the bins at your local record shop. When you find it, do not second-guess yourself. Buy it proudly and give it a good home. Play it often, and at top volume. Trust me. It’s worth every second.