NIX: Self-Titled: 7″

Damn, I hate reviewing friend’s bands sometimes. There’s always the obvious reason, in which if you don’t really like the band, you almost feel obligated to accommodate a positive review, for the sake of the friendship. Luckily, this is not the case with the NIX. I have a different problem. I want to accurately describe this stuff, but I am having difficulty pinpointing what it sounds like, and wanting to write a really accurate review. It took me a few listens to get into the recording. Their live shows sound much different to me. It’s fast-paced, late ‘70s four-chord punk rock. This sounds like songs you would find on some early Killed by Death collection that you can’t believe you never heard before because they’re so cool. Melodic with a lot of catchy hooks, but not poppy. There’s solid lyrical subject matter too. Stealing beer, listening to records, shit talking, and watching horror movies. What else is there worth singing about? This 7” has four songs on one side at 45 RPM. Nothing on the B-side. This is, as most of Rob’s projects, very much worth checking out. After all this said though, I still have to admit to liking the Flip-tops way better. Sorry.

 –guest (Self-released, no address)