LUCHADOR LIBRE: Bit by Bit: CD

A self-described “nerd rock” group, Luchador Libre is basically what happens when electro-pop meets pop punk with some Weezer thrown in. There’s also a video game and computer influence, as there’s an entire song about computer scientist Alan Turing (“Turing Complete”) and another that references (and sounds like something from) Super Mario Brothers (“Friend Zone”). That said, there are some super catchy tunes like “Work Love Balance” that have no reason not to be big pop hits. However, the punk influence is fairly light for my tastes and the heavy-handed references to not being able to find success in love were a bit too much. Still, it shows some promise and I’d be interested in hearing more as the band progresses. –Kurt Morris (Self-released)