On the heels of a quickly sold-out seven-inch record and loads of shows across the country, the debut EP from local kids Nodzzz is highly anticipated to say the least. Anthony Atlas and Sean Paul Presley's double guitar sound professes self-taught rhythms that wind around surf-y leads. Their offbeat, jumpy style follows a wayward path toward an ultimately pop end, much like early Los Angeles punk pioneers the Urinals. Atlas' and Presley's fused guitars are reverberated by their swapping, nasally vocals that whip out frank takes on various issues of youth (girls, moving, parents, etc.). "Is She There?" and "Highway Memorial Shrine" perfectly encapsulate their good-time abandon rooted in early punk.
Their rudimentary melodies are highly influenced by the do-it-yourself, homemade style reminiscent of early 1990s indie-pop from the Pacific Northwest. For the catchy guitar twang in "I Have Bad News" and "Simple Song" there is the calmer introspective adolescence of "Losing My Accent" that pulls heavily from the daydreaming of Beat Happening. Nodzzz admirably paint a contemplative mood on "I Was My Parent's Vision" while effortlessly exuding the dance appeal consistent throughout the record.
Although the record's drummer recently joined the Peace Corps and has since been replaced by Eric Butterworth, the group hasn't missed a beat. Nodzzz's debut on New York's What's Your Rupture? Records has made for a promising collection of ten fuzzed-out punk songs. (What's Your Rupture?)
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