Commutathon is a Nuclear trip

 Ain’t knockin’ Boots
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 19, 2013

beat2_nuclearboots_main090613 

Like plenty of other fun rock bands, Nuclear Boots don’t lend themselves to rigorous examination. Songs like “Beer Dick” are pretty self-explanatory.

That doesn’t mean they aren’t doing something very right, though.

A song like “Love Is a Feeling” is a throwback to early Tom Petty, when he was all “Don’t Do Me Like That” and “Even the Losers” got lucky sometimes. Zeke Comparetto has the same kind of nasally insistent vocal style (when it’s not being distorted) and his earnestness is winning in an early-Replacements way, too.

Yeah, they’re rough around the edges, but drummer Bruce Merson holds things together pretty well, with a good feel for melody in his cymbals, and when they get a song right, like “Cheap Suit,” you can kinda see the Talking Heads on the CBGB stage if you squint the right way. “B-Minor” is why you liked the Pixies.

I have no idea why “she’s my Smell-o-Vision,” or why that would be a good thing, but a few PBRs deep and I was singing along in no time. “I can’t live without her.”

This band are a good time. Sometimes, that’s good enough.

COMMUTATHON | Released by Nuclear Boots | at Flask, in Portland | Sept 14 | nuclearboots.bandcamp.com

  Topics: CD Reviews , Nuclear Boots
| More


Most Popular
ARTICLES BY SAM PFEIFLE
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   FIRST SECOND COMING  |  August 22, 2014
    Hey, look, I Discovered a Planet
  •   THE CRUNK WITCH THAT THEY ARE  |  August 14, 2014
    Three albums in, Crunk Witch are now far more than novelty. The all-digital, husband-wife duo of Brandon Miles and Hannah Collen have created enough material at this point to establish a clear method behind what can sometimes seem like madness.  
  •   FIRE ON FIRE  |  August 07, 2014
    From the varying deliveries and styles through the three fully instrumental tracks, there’s a lot to consider in Pyronauts , with equal attractions in playing it loud in the car with the windows down and in the headphones.
  •   HIP HOP SUMMER  |  July 31, 2014
    For pure output, it’s hard to argue Portland is anything but a hip hop city.
  •   SEVEN-MAN ARMY  |  July 24, 2014
    Lately, it’s been open season on “Wagon Wheel,” which has become the acoustic musician’s “Freebird,” one of the very few songs that people actually know well enough to find it funny to request.

 See all articles by: SAM PFEIFLE