Sunday, March 23, 2014

A Review of the Drunk Nuns, "A Parting Shot" (EP)

Download your copy of A Parting Shot for free on bandcamp.

One of our favorite local punk and hardcore enthusiast, Nick Gold from Run, Don't Walk Music Blog, covered the new Drunk Nun's A Parting Shot EP with such enthusiasm that we really couldn't have said it better ourselves. So we asked politely, and he let us repost his review on Bishop And Rook. Networking.

After a fun filled week, I am back to share the Drunk Nuns EP, A Parting Shot (released March 14, 2014). This EP features five brand new songs (three studio cuts and two live tracks) that have mixed influences from the likes of Green Day and The Ramones. It may be straightforward but it's still fun and easy to latch onto. The brilliant aspect about the Drunk Nuns is their simplicity, and the fact they don't take themselves too seriously either. The band has displayed a significant amount of improvement musically and vocally since their 2102 LP The Winchester, which makes them catchier than ever.

Track one, "A Parting Shot", is really the most memorable track and a personal favorite. It opens fast and doesn't waste a whole lot of time with an intro. Joe Barron's vocals come through with the immediate line, "I would rather be alone, than hear you bitch and moan," which is a clear reminder of those we distaste. If there is one thing I have appreciated about Joe's writing it's that he takes no prisoners and is honest about his subject matter. Sometimes being honest doesn't come naturally to song writers, but Barron often puts that to the test and succeeds. The second track is actually a cover of Hookerclops' (Boston), "Future Is King", off the 2012 I No Bueno! record. It's a fast and simple punk rock song that clocks in around a minute and a half. The cover is followed by a tune listed as "F-Town" (otherwise known as Fuck Town). If you really want to know the definition of that, I am sure Urban Dictionary is your best friend because this page isn't that kind of page! Anyhow, the song provides a smoother melodic, yet upbeat feel. It's certainly a different taste from the first two tracks, yet fits well. The Drunk Nuns do a hell of a job mixing these sweet punk rock sounds up to make for an interesting and entertaining band.

A Parting Shot finishes with two live tracks. "Let It Go" is dedicated it to "Anybody who is going to party their ass off tonight and tomorrow!" and is followed by a prolonged intro and fast bass lead in. "Let It Go" is simply a three minute jam that gets the crowd fired up. The last track, "POF" (Plenty Of Fish), is about a girl guitarist Andrew met online and the story is left up to the listener to figure out! Easily one of the other catchier tracks on the EP.

Overall, I really enjoy the music that Drunk Nuns have been pumping out left and right. The band takes the music scene by the balls and makes it work for them. They aren't just another cookie cutter punk rock band because they simply do what works for them. Keep an eye on the Drunk Nuns to see where they will be playing next in a basement/bar/hall/etc. near you and download A Parting Shot on Bandcamp for free (with a recommended donation) today.

My name is Nick Gold. I write for all your needs of the Boston punk scene and beyond! Follow Run, Don't Walk on Facebook and read more of Nick's reviews at Run, Don't Walk Blog.

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