Published Feb 10, 2016With their new EP, Hot Nerds have unleashed another blast of the sort of belligerent vigour not seen since the dissolution of their experimental math-punk forefathers, Arab on Radar, dd/mm/yyyy, Daughters and the Blood Brothers. If mention of that influence foursome compels you to spontaneously secrete joy like it does this reviewer, Generic Plans For A New Blunder is precisely the music you've been craving.
The only trouble with this tantalizing taste of gleefully aggressive mania is how damn short it is; these five tracks of sonically frayed and whimsically dissonant riffs clock in at just over eight minutes. Thankfully, and in no small part to Alia Jyawook's frantic Moog bass lines — which run like a toddler standing in for Tony Montana's nose at the end of Scarface, rather than simply power-walk all over the keyboard — Generic Plans is so crammed with infectious ideas that it's ridiculously re-listenable. And that'll have to do until Hot Nerds decide to dish out another dose. (Three One G)