A great many talented individuals have come from of Boston throughout history — New Kids on the Block, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck (and his brother Casey, of course), Aerosmith, Dropkick Murphys, Captain America himself (Chris Evans), Godsmack… the list goes on and on! Needless to say, when I listened to the debut album Decode from Boston-based band Nervous, my expectations were possibly a little higher than they should have been. I wasn’t entirely disappointed.
The 9-track Decode is more or less an intriguing one. With vocals that, at times, could only be described as wailing (no offense to lead vocalist Addam Zaino at all), to the long instrumental periods found in a handful of songs that put them at around 5 to 6 minutes long, combined with a slight techno/electronica ambiance (think techno punk), Decode becomes a barrage of interesting tones.
“Bleepomatic,” the introductory song, is probably the most enjoyable to listen to of them all, with the female vocals at the end, in my opinion, adding to that enjoyability. And thankfully, we do hear more from that lovely lady, Nervous bassist and vocalist Leanne Bowes, in “At Gun Point,” which I would consider my personal favorite from Decode. These two songs, plus the instrumental finale “Saturday Morning Cartoons,” are the most memorable to me as a listener, however depending on your music tastes, the rest of the album is generally a good to listen to as well. It is at times monotonous and certain songs can seem far too lengthy for their own good, but the few gems on the album provide its redeeming points.
As I often say with many of my reviews, ones in which the sounds of the album are slightly outside a typical listener’s comfort zone, it may be considered an acquired musical taste. The only way to decide is to head on over to the band’s Bandcamp and give Decode a solid chance.
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