Nutronstars– Melody Rules Everything (Handclaps & Fuzz)
fuzz. Sounds like the perfect pop recipe if you ask me and luckily Nutronstars
live up to their record’s titular promise. This collection of seven
songs is hookier than a fishing trip with the Dr and the Captain. Boom tish
goes the drum machine, fizz buzz goes the guitar, parp, bloop goes the keyboard,
the snappy jangle of ‘Start The Week’ through your headphones as
you leave the house on a Monday morning and you’ll be bouncing down that
street, you’ll be clapping your hands above your head and leading a Mexican
wave on the top deck of the bus. This is the sound of fearless felicity. There’s
a song called ‘Surfing The Sunshine’, goddammit, it has trumpets
and big chunky drumbeats. Trace a line; The Velvet’s begat Jonathan Richman,
whose ‘Roadrunner’ begat The Jesus and Mary Chain’s ‘Frequency’
which brings us now to the fabulous scuzzing ‘Transistorblast’.
You really can’t go wrong hammering out echoing drumbeats, stamping on
the fuzzpedal and blamming up the reverb. Then, you’ve barely got your
wits back when the irresistible ‘Vanishing Girl’ tweaks The Monkees’
noses before scampering off to play knock down ginger with Fonda 500.
Run a little cine film in your head splicing together all the dumb things that make you grin; dogs wearing hats, standing under lawn sprinklers in the park, hurtling in a chair on castors across the tarmac-ed office roof, disco-dancing to The Archers theme tune… Sound-tracking this film are Nutronstars with their buzzing casio sweetshop fuzz pop. To be filed next to great joyous pop bands like Super Furry Animals or The Banana Splits.
RRRG: Quantum tickled hybrid
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