CD REVIEW: Thee Nosebleeds - "Thee Nosebleeds"
By: Cyrus Rhodes
"packs a powerful punch"
"takes no prisoners"
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Artist: Thee Nosebleeds
Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Punk Rock, Hard Rock
Sounds Like: Rancid, Social Distortion, The Clash
Technical Grade: 6/10
Weakness: Dated mix, Short winded songs, repetitive catalogue
Philly based trio Thee Nosebleeds release their self titled debut CD in 2010. The band features Kermit Hell Lyman (lead vocals, guitar), Rev. Kevin J. Cooper (bass) & Zach The Knife (drums). Influences include Mule, ZZ Top & Motorhead.
The CD explodes in your face with intro piece “Whiskey & Cocaine” a furious intro piece that hits hard with its thrashing punk rock rhythms, thunderous guitar chords & psychotic punk rock vibe. Track 2 delivers more of the same raw intensity with “South Street Shooting Spree” an aggressive follow up piece that slams your ears into submission with its aggressive style & no holds barred lyrical content. Track 3 “As Fast as you Can” shifts gears a bit with it’s dynamic ebb & flow that whips you around like a wild tornado, with melodic guitar & dynamic vocal intensity from lead singer Kermit. As the CD quickly unfolds I can hear influences ranging from Social Distortion, The Clash, The Pogues, Rancid to old school Suicidal Tendencies & Black Flag. The music has everything you would expect from a high octane driven punk CD. The musical style refuses to be pinned down, the vocals are gritty & are deep in your grill, & the guitar playing is hot to the touch. Make no bones about it – this is total mosh pit madness. The songs themselves are reckless & packed to the hilt with mob hit intensity & lyrical content straight from the streets. Kermit's vocal style works well with respect to this style of music with its stereotypical jagged edge delivery. I might add his timing is spot on, & his guitar playing definitely holds its own dishing out a few very impressive solos that will make your head spin. Rhythm section - Zach The Knife (drums) & Kevin Cooper (bass) lay down the low end groove thick as a brick. What I like most about the music is its sheer intensity; note for note & song for song. Like a heavy weight boxer the songs keep coming at you one after the other - with no sign of letting up. From rocking “Kill Rock n' Roll” & “Fire” to hard hitting “Motormouth” & “Fight of the Bucket” to bluesy-type vibes “Pig Foots Revenge” & my personal favorite the epic “Goner” ,this CD pretty much lets it all hang out.
The mix is not what I would call legendary, but actually manages to keep it's head above water delivering a raw, yet vintage garage band sound that actually fits this style of music well. Having said that, a world class mix would have made this experience even more up close & personal. As a result the CD lacks serious bottom end, & sounds relatively thin lacking depth, variety, & mix dynamic. The mix has a late 80's early 90's quality to it, Unfortunately it's 2010 & the bar is set high for artists like Thee Nosebleeds when it comes to mixing quality. Most of the songs are quick, short winded bursts that rapidly come at you. Perhaps they need just a few more musical parts in order mix things up a bit more & add more variety song for song. I also recommend the other 2 members of Thee Nosebleeds learn to how to harmonize with Kermit more. I don't recall one singe vocal harmony on the entire CD. This would not only add variety, but give Kermit more vocal reinforcements. This can also be done without compromising the heaviness of their overall sound.
The debut CD from Thee Nosebleeds is a solid & consistent debut CD from start to finish. Its strength – the raw song for song intensity that keeps coming at you. No doubt these guys are a total riot to check out live in the back clubs of Philadelphia. The music is dirty, but rock solid, heavy & consistent. Like a heavy weight fighter this CD packs a powerful punch, & goes the full 12 rounds with no sign of letting up. Like a 1-2 punch the song keep coming at you, one after the other until your ready to tap out. The messages are intense & straight from the streets of Philly & may cause your ears to bleed. Overall the debut CD from Thee Nosebleeds packs a powerful punch, & takes no prisoners. You want profanity, you want a bloody nose, you want mosh pit madness, you want high octane rock that's in your face for 45 minutes. You want trouble – look no further you found it
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