NICOTINE: School of Liberty: CD

Here is a band going strong for ten years now. This Japanese band is supposedly described as the Japanese NOFX. I don’t hear it. I hear a little Pennywise mixed with the Swedish band Venerea and a little Snuff thrown in for flavor. There’s seventeen tracks total and I was able to listen to all of them. That is no small feat when this music junkie listens to a ton of shit. The songs are super tight and infectious. The lyrics might not make sense but they sure follow the music. The musicians are as tight as the production. The band seems to be able to stop on a dime. It sounds like they really worked hard on the songs. They let them mature before recording. All in all, these guys take the whole melodicore thing and keep the bar raised. They know that the melody is the hook and I’m hooked. There are so many bands that try to play this style of music and so many who don’t get it.

 –don (Asian Man)