Published Jul 26, 2013Amidst the stream of true blue, catchy-as-heck pop-punk emerging from Southern Ontario (Stuck Out Here, Wasted Potential, Junior Battles, Lightmares, etc.) is new face, one that's flown under the radar until now. The Tight Nuns are making the rounds just as hard, fast and gritty as their fellow musical colleagues, surpassing some with their extra dose of grit and their penchant to stray away from pop and more towards street punk.
"I Went to Church Once" kicks off the album with a Fugazi-esque bass hook that quickly opens up into a layered, melodious tune with driving guitar riffs and lead vocalist Jordan Properkick's definitive growl. Perhaps the result of their use of gang vocals on several tracks, or the parallels between Properkick's singing style and that of Fucked Up's Damian Abraham, certain moments on the album are reminiscent of tracks off of Fucked Up's 'Hidden World'. It certainly sounds as good; Punkdebureau is produced by famed Canadian producer Ian Blurton (Change of Heart, C'mon).
The band's ability to pack each tune with riffs, hooks and carefully placed bridges is unmatchable; turn up the volume on "Wasted" and "Quarter Life Crisis" to see what we mean. (Art Drug Records)