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'Riot, Right?'   

-  Label: 'Perfect Attendance Records'
-  Genre: 'Punk/New Wave' -  Release Date: '30th March 2018'-  Catalogue No: 'PAR105'

Our Rating:
Nihilist Cheerleader is one of the best band names I've seen in a while and an album title of Riot, Right? gives you a good idea where this Athens/Atlanta Georgia band is coming from. Yes they are DIY Riot Grrrlll Lo-fi Punk through and through.

From the glorious opening clatter of I'm Fine it's clear they only think being angry and pissed off is fine. It sounds a lot like the Voodoo Queens meet Seven Year Bitch and comes out just, well, fine.

Drenched In slows things down a bit and throws in some odd production while sounding good and angry. The female vocals bark at us and then the surprisingly chiming guitars come in. These guitars are at odds with the rest of the music and make a good jarring counterpoint as they are not only drenched in desire but also sound.

Who's Gonna Hear You has an urgency and anger to it as the tale of wrong-doing unfolds and in parts sounds like another page in Lucy's Diary as the protagonist makes her thoughts known and asks who's gonna hear you as the guitars build and clatter frantically.

Three Drug Cocktail sounds like they are on Speed, Crack and Crystal meth and frantically hoping they can fall into a K-hole and get over it.

You're Ur Uniform makes it's point very well indeed with frantic guitars and screeched vocals to make sure you just don't wear a uniform all the time. Even when you're out with your mates, don't conform.

Shark Fin Soup has some stop-start stuff near the start before it goes off on an angry rant with galloping guitars and clattered drums that seem to be falling apart by breakdown in the middle and the question: "Imagine what it would be like to come face to face with a real live shark?" Just before it all goes a bit mad again.

Miss You Forever slows things down somewhat to begin with as they tell us why they will always miss you. Personally, I prefer them when they are angrier but good to hear they have a slower side as well.

Bleach Boy starts off properly doomy and as we realize who they are singing and ranting about the doom is obvious as they take aim at Steve Bannon, Mike Pence and the apostles of the current besmirched White House in a minute and a half of doom- laden bile.

You Love Proximity is a paean to someone who loves to flirt but not take it to another level which sort of reminds me of Sleater Kinney a bit. It has good and odd time signatures in the music that adds to the oddness that makes it work.

& She Takes It starts off slow and broody and again sounds like Lucy's Diary in that conversational way of saying what happened so we all know that she takes it. A cool song about female empowerment and no woman should ever be afraid to take what's hers. I really like they odd guitars and noises that surround the singer repeating "She takes It!" before the frenzied ending brings down the curtain on a cool album.

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  author: simonovitch

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