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Album Of The Week: Nervous Dater Call In The Mess


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Rachel Lightner is like a bat out of hell. Intense and panicky, Lightner’s voice wails and squeaks and soars and packs a walloping punch. On Nervous Dater’s 2017 debut album, Don’t Be A Stranger, Lightner is an occupying force. “It’s hard to ask for help when you don’t really want it/ Passed out on the train in your own vomit” goes the commanding hook on highlight “Bad Spanish.” “It’s fine, I said, I’ll bash my fucking head through the wall/ So I don’t have to call you before I go to bed.” Their lyrics are wordy and precise, toppling over themselves in a glorious mess. The songs are relentlessly catchy, rip-roaring and violent. The band presents a united front: chugging riffs and pop-punk hooks and an incendiary sense of humor.

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