San Diego record label Three One G has always been one to push some of the most wonderfully strange and forward-thinking acts around. The Locust, Arab on Radar and The Blood Brothers are just some of the boundary-pushing acts associated with the aforementioned label. Californian noise makers Hot Nerds are no different. This spastic trio has one of the most interesting, dizzying and gleefully ear-splitting sounds in recent years. The band sit in the middle of a four-way intersection between noise rock, punk, electronic and unbridled chaos. Hot Nerds return this year with a brand new EP that follows their zany 2015 full-length, Strategically-Placed Bananas. Generic Plans For a New Blunder offers up five new tunes of sonic debauchery that will appease fans and those who just like their brain beaten into putty.
The five songs on this EP are short bursts of insanity that collectively clock in at around 10 minutes in length. Each track is armed with angular, disjointed guitars that are drenched in effects, eccentric keyboards, manic drumming and nasally vocals that spew out humorously scathing lyrics. “Belated Brains” opens up the EP with dissonant, bending, short-circuiting guitars, buzzing keyboards and hammering percussion. The song switches between these malfunctioning robot sounding sections and wonderfully annoying melodies during the verses. Vocalist/guitarist Nathan Joyner’s nasally, whining, psychologically unstable vocals tie everything together in a nice, disorderly package. But that’s just the first song. The title track follows next with skipping anti-melodies and layers upon layers of chaotic sound and vertigo-inducing keyboards. The song twitches and writhes among thick fogs of noise effects, making the listener feel completely discombobulated. The 60-second “Faded Ripper” churns out hyperactive drumming, malformed guitars and spiraling, kaleidoscopic melodies that sound like something that would playing at a drug-addled circus in an alternative universe. “Strawberry Feels (For a Short Period of Time)” unleashes oddly catchy, rambunctious instrumentation during its first 55 seconds, before drowning the listener in a sea of insectoid noise for the remainder of its two-minute duration. “More Lube on the Frontal Lobe” concludes the EP with an abundance of twisted, shape-shifting, Locust-esque riffs that are regurgitated by a guitar clearly on a coke binge. The song ends with some driving, punk adjacent riffs that are, just likely everything else on this release, marred by copious amounts of effects. With the right amount of drugs or mental instability, the track could be quite danceable.
Generic Plans For a New Blunder isn’t much of a far cry from Strategically Placed Bananas, which is quite alright considering the band’s sound is already completely bonkers. The EP utilizes the same formulas that were used on its predecessor to produce equally gratifying results. Hot Nerds possess one of the most unique sounds out there right now, and they use it to their advantage on these five tracks. It’s complex in the guise of disarray. It’s irritating in the most fun way possible. It’s music that is not suitable for normal people.
Release Date: February 12, 2016
Label: Three One G
Favorite Tracks: “Belated Brains” and “More Lube on the Frontal Lobe”
For Fans Of: Arab on Radar, The Locust and An Albatross