In 2013 Closet Nerd released Post Traumatic Stress Disorder EP. It was an impressive punk/rock EP that displayed the skills and talent of Jesse Fioren Quintero and Colton Young. The band is back with a ten-song album entitled Shoot Up Drugs Not Schools with some help from their friends.
The band is a step above the majority of the rest when it comes to the style of pop punk they play. Closet Nerd is able to avoid a lot of the clichés of the genre while still finding a way to be recognizable and familiar.
The album starts off with “Long Road to Nowhere” which is one of the most infectious songs on the album. It starts with a barrage of power chords that get combined with powerful drums and a steady bass line. I thought the ascending synth they sparingly implement was a nice touch. The song’s lyrics are general and can pertain to a whole host of issues. The vocalist sings, ”I know that life can be unfair / But if you give it your best / You can take yourself anywhere.”
“Lovespell” contains hints of Blink 182 while “Wait For Me Wendy” has an explosive radio friendly chorus that feels contemporary. One of the highlights was “Art of Magnetism” which features arguably the most effective vocal harmonies on the record. The verse on this song is almost as catchy as the chorus. Lines like “You're both more lucky than you think / Do you want to trade places? / Open you're eyes and see what you've go” get stuck in your head.
“Devil's Advocate” is certainly another highlight as well as a welcome deviation. The horns make the song memorable and I thought the clean guitars were a smart move. It also contains some of the most ambiguous but well-written lyrics. The vocalist sings,” Your eyes are filled with freight / Blood saturates the ground tonight / Lay down your life tonight / I control all you.” The band hands over vocal duties to Brianna Hernandez on “The Last Place” while the closer “Nevermore” contains a killer bass line.
Shoot Up Drugs Not Schools solidifies that the band has the chops to stay around for awhile. Recommended.
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