ERGS!, THE: Upstairs/Downstairs: CD

There’s a band from New Jersey called The Nerds; they’re a typical cover band, they play things like weddings and corporate events and your typical shore bars, and the shtick is that they dress up in horn rimmed glasses and wear pocket protectors, while playing mostly various Top 40 hits from throughout the past few decades, like “WHOA, LOOK AT US. WE’RE TOTALLY DORKY, THAT’S NUTS, RIGHT?”. I point this out, because I can’t help but find it somewhat ironic that (and I mean this in the nicest way possible) The Ergs! have completely beaten “The Nerds” at their own game, so to speak. They’re smart dudes, and they know and obsess over all things music. We know they’ve already nailed writing the quick, catchy, poppy punk love songs, but there’s more proof here of just how talented they are (for example “Stinking of Whiskey Blues,” as well as the brilliant title track [which may actually be my favorite Ergs! song ever]). And if that’s not enough, they traveled all the way to the other side of the country just to record with Conrad Uno (and most likely demand to hear every little story he has), and with one of their favorite bands, to boot (you’ve heard of bringing your favorite band with you on tour? Yeah, they’ve upped the ante there too). I have no doubt in my mind that they could figure out a way to play music full time, be it by playing multiple sets at country and jazz bars every day, or becoming some lame ass cover band, but instead they keep putting out records like this, and playing great shows, and for that I am thankful.

 –joe (Dirtnap)