NUCLEAR FAMILY: Self-titled: 12”: 8-song EP

Here’s a record anyone who even remotely likes punk should listen to. They sound like a mix of early S.F. punk with U.K. influences and little bit like the Epidemics. The songs are tuneful, led by a guitarist who picks notes more than strumming chords. Any punk band worth a damn has a bass player that gives the songs the drive they need, and they definitely have that here. The singer can actually sing, as well. “Mistakes” has the most pop sound of all on here. It comes out of left field, but a nice switch up. “More of the Same” is my favorite on here, with lyrics that illustrate losing oneself in the day-to-day, crushing routine of work. I heard these guys have split up. Which is too bad, because they wrote some really well-crafted punk that stands out above a lot of what’s out there at the moment (and there’s some really good stuff happening right now, so that’s saying a lot). The labels are reversed, by the way. At least the copy I have.

 –M.Avrg (Loud Punk)