THE CAVEMEN: NUKE EARTH
New Zealand punk band The Cavemen’s latest album Nuke Earth is a return to classic punk rock. In fact, it’s more of a homage to punk as a whole.You can her the twinges of classic blue guitar underneath the accentuated screaming and chaotic energy. The lead singer’s abrasive and powerful New Zealand accent gels well with the vintage production to create something unique. Pair that with sleazy lyrics and organic instrumentation, and you have an album that sends honors to the past yet shows how the genre has progressed.
The energy throughout the project is raw and unfiltered. The organic nature gives the impression that this was recorded in their garage. The vocals sound muffled under the layers of fast paced guitar and drums, yet the voice stands out due to the the uncaring and wild screaming on the tracks. The dark and twisted ambiance that underlies every track adds personality to the record, and sets the tone throughout Nuke Earth. The Cavemen are unafraid to show how little they care, and that attitude goes a long way in helping the album develop and reach its audience. Nuke Earth is perfect for anyone who has pent up aggression and needs a catalyst for its release.
The album’s opener, “Lust for Evil,” is an explosive introduction into The Cavemen. It’s loud, it’s brash, and it sets the mood for the album’s twisted attitude. The band voices their attraction for chaos from the beginning, and they showcase it on every opportunity they can. The track “Batshit Crazy” continues down this path of destruction. The insane guitar shredding paired with the simple drum beat creates a punk rock anthem once you add in the singers tormented voice. The tune “Don’t Wanna Hang” is reminiscent of punk’s exclusionary past, and captures the angsty roots that it was built on. References to politics and teen living dot the sonic landscape, while providing the enraged structure for your next mosh session.
Albeit 24 minutes long, the album is structured to last forever. It's a perfect outlet for expressing your rage and aggression, and does a remarkable job channelling old punk classics through its production. A perfect example to their being a method to the madness.