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Friday, July 28, 2006

Mark H. » Music » Nancy - "Snakes on an E.P."

"You Said It Was A Good Size! 7" Review"

Snakes On An E.P.
(Idiot Records)

The group known as Nancy has evolved over the years, and true to some Darwinian law, a superior form of the band has survived to bash out one of the best hard punk 7"s I've heard in a long while. It's important to note that the band had many previous incarnations, because this sound didn't just appear out of nowhere. Nancy has solidified into an electric, eclectic foursome. And while the EP as a whole could justly stake ground in the Dillinger Four camp, each track has something unique in it, setting the band on a different crest of the glorious mountain of rock.

"Jamuel L. Snackson" is the lead-off and hook-heavy track, showcasing right off the bat a few unique aspects of the band that carry throughout the EP. I think the band puts forth a wonderful juxtaposition of upbeat melodies and painfully detailed life struggles. The rhythm guitar quickly riffs along, and the lead axe keeps pace with speed-pop hooks. It's a pleasure to listen to, but simultaneously your tears are jerked by a lyric like "There was a final kiss / I couldn't even take it back / containing some microscopic remnants of a peanut butter snack." It's also apparent why all four members are billed equally as vocalists, as they all seem to have some voice in this song. And while it's at times hard to navigate, it is intriguing to hear how well these voices blend together - the rough with clean, the emotive with the harmonious. The 90 second burst of "Calculated Risk" picks up the velocity - so much so that I'm still debating on whether it's words or just some hyper-mumble accompaniment at one point, only to mysteriously fade out slow-motion style.

The flipside features more catchy tuneage in the form of "To See Or Not To See", another tale of relationships and respect, and "Killing Ourselves" which chugs at high speeds, while the guitar lines shred the line separating punk and metal territory. The track also is distinct on this release as it's the only song with an outright chorus (the other songs are too busy telling the story and cramming musical ideas into such a small space to bother). Unfortunately the chorus in question is of the worn-out "I ask why / Why are we killing ourselves?" variety, which at this point is only a minor quibble amongst the multitude of great things going on in this slab of wax.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

GOOD ONE! Impressed... wow gold opportunity.

1:47 PM  

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