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Nitwits – Some Kind Of Bizarre Thing Happened
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Notes: Name your price!
With simple guitars – in true punk style – Nitwits are really forging their own sound. They do not hold the sort of snobbery that Pink Floyd-esque bands hold, which means their experimental nature is really left to run free, mainly through their loudness and messiness.
The first track on the album is ‘Riding The Space Cow,’ a track which starts off quickly and has these lovely little breaks in it. It is almost alike to pop-punk but luckily it isn’t refined enough and just gets carried away with the energy of the track. There are no lyrics, or at least none that are really meant to be heard and the vocals are just used as another instrument-rather than just being played around.
‘Boom Tchika Poom’ again has no comprehensible lyrics which works well because it allows the energy of the track to be what is most notable for the track, in true punkish style. This track really explodes later on because of the screaming vocals and the faster speed of the instruments.
Some Kind Of Bizarre Thing Happened is a blistering album which is exhausting to listen to simply because of the amount of energy it exudes. With ‘Cool Busy’ the next track on the album there is still no let up in the ravishing speed of it all. The DIY spirit of the band really shines here because of how unrefined it is, and because of how roughly cut it is.
‘Monkey Song’ really takes the experimentalism a stage further with what is basically a long interlude of playing along to monkey impressions. In a brilliant juxtaposition though the next track (‘Wei Wu Wei’) is the most normal and has a sort of Beatles feel to its simple melody powered by the jangling guitars and well played drums. Really this track dispels the myth that punk bands can’t play, because here Nitwits have demonstrated they can play what they want – and do it well too.
Of course it wouldn’t be the same to stay with that sound so of course in ‘Tamburello’ they are back to the punk inspired rock with slight breaks and a quick pace. Its a quick track and is over within two minutes – it almost serves as a reminder of who they are and what their original sound was.
The intro for the next track ‘Bomb’ is indescribable because it almost sounds like something Fat Boy Slim could have written. But still it works, because it shows that Nitwits really do have range and anyway, they quickly pull it back into being pure punk – thrashy and quick. Of course it does return to the style of the intro which works even better because it makes it clever compositionally too.
This Nitwits album works well on a lot of different levels – from compositionally being very clever right through he album, to also being great from a punk/DIY perspective. Nitwits are a really exciting band because of their prowess to make a track explosive without much effort – essential for any punk band.
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars!
Album Name: Some Kind Of Bizarre Thing Happened
Date Released: May, 2012
Genre: Rock, Grunge, Punk
Location: Marseille, France
Band Members: Rudy (Vocals & Guitar)
Record Label: Black Ghost
Bandcamp: http://nitwits.bandcamp.com/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Nitwits13
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