Modesty is obviously not their thing. Nucular, or rather their label Bobble Cap Records (cute name!), call this record nothing less than a renaissance of the genre they call “emo/screamo/hardcore”. First of all this is a title for a genre as exact as “punk/oi!/ska” and secondly it just isn’t true. When I listen to it I don’t recall Thursday (booooring) or At The Drive-In (standard link everyone refers to) as the info tells me to but rather drinking beer in rehearsal spaces and trying to cover your whole (boring, pseudo-alternative) cd collection.
The singer reminds me of System Of A Down and I hate System Of A Down. Especially the singer… I am sorry. My ex-band used to play with Nucular once in Bad Oldesloe and I remember that they were nice and quite alright back then. Today they are still quite alright but nothing more. This record has the esprit of a band contest in Neumünster or Paderborn and is as much a renaissance of whatever genre as Dreck Am Stecken are a renaissance of punk. Worn-out riffs, vocals that sound pseudo-affectionate, predictable songwriting and an overall feeling of being stuck in five years ago. It is not completely shitty. It’s played well and tight and I guess they do what they do on purpose but it has about the importance and urgency of a Misfits revival band. It makes me think of crappy bands like Kju: or Sturch or Koroded or all the other bands who play “hard music”. It also reminds me of Antitainment’s “subkultur brought to you by sparkasse hanau”.
I am sure you are nice and amiable people and some people will really like your music but I don’t see a single reason why I should listen to this record ever again. I’m gonna listen to some Ultra Dolphins now. They have everything Nucular lack: originality, uniqueness, style and an overall feeling of having something urgent to express.