The Nuclear The Nuclear

Moncton, NB’s the Nuclear have crafted that most illusive of accomplishments: an original sounding pop punk record. Their music is reminiscent of early Green Day (and at times, singer Marco Rocca sounds a lot like Billy Joe) infused with a country/folk sound and enough interesting riffage to keep you on your toes. Songs like "Stations” demonstrate a strong grasp of melody coupled with the technique to pull it off flawlessly. And while the tracks certainly overflow with pop sensibilities the band never allow the energy to drop for a second. The production on this self-titled debut allows every instrument to shine, letting things like acoustic guitars come in clearly for brief moments then disappearing — their absence never being missed but adding substantially to the sound when present. If this record is any indication, you should expect to see a lot from these guys in the future. (Independent)