November 17, 2005

Test Spin: The Nervous Return

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As one of the first bands to be signed to Blink 182 member Travis Barker’s new record label, La Salle Records, The Nervous Return rocks out in a 12-track vintage punk, indie rock album, Wake Up Dead. With a distinct sound and a whole lot of attitude the record is filled with short and catchy songs about strange things including meds, S&M, midlife crises and Tom Cruise. As bizarre as this may seem, it just so happens to suit their style well as they refuse to employ any sort of melody whatsoever into their songs. “One day you are just cruising along thinking everything is OK and then you wake up dead” is just one of the many lyrics that seem to target the indifferent. I wouldn’t consider their sound to be punk, post-punk, emo or hardcore but a mix that is all their own consisting of loud and fierce guitar and bass beats. Although many of the songs drag on and have more energy and noise than melody, The Nervous Return has produced a decent first album.

Archived article by Megan Altman
Sun Staff Writer