CAVEMEN, THE: Nuke Earth: LP

May 23, 2018

Killer, thriller garage punk from New Zealand. The Cavemen attack you with their songs using reverb-soaked guitars, a hyped-up rhythm section, and a semi-belligerent vocalist, who at times reminds me of Ian Svenonius (Nation Of Ulysses, The Make-Up, Chain And The Gang, et cetera). It’s reckless, filthy, and devoid of concern for their fellow man. Tres punk! “7 Day Weekend,” the screed against the nine-to-five grind, is a scorcher that nearly tips into early ‘80s hardcore straight off the American Youth Report comp. Is it me, or does the first verse on “The Night Jimmy Savile Died” sound eerily similar to Thee Headcoats “A Town Named Squaresville”? In the meantime, while we’re sending out the sonic sleuths to get it sorted out, get this record! –Matt Average (Slovenly, slovenly.com)

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