Nathan Martel

Album reviews

PRETTIEST EYES: VOL 3

June 17th, 2019

Prettiest Eyes is like the house band in the elevator to hell.

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BLU & EXILE: TRUE & LIVIN EP

June 4th, 2019

This is the kind of joint that would have been played on Friday Night Flavors twenty-two years ago, and the next morning yours truly would be flying down the 10 to get the wax at Fatbeats. (Vermont location!)

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ZIG-ZAGS: THEY’LL NEVER TAKE US ALIVE

May 11th, 2019

When the apocalypse is nigh, that final Paul Revere ride won’t just be somebody shouting that ruin is on the way. Instead, they’ll be playing Zig-Zags at pulverizing volume.

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FLAT WORMS: INTO THE IRIS EP

February 4th, 2019

Imagine, if you would, the Dead Boys without the blatant nihilism. Into the Iris is an epicenter, radiating the contradictions and ambiguities of living in search of some type of hope.

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THE FLESH EATERS: I USED TO BE PRETTY

January 20th, 2019

I Used To Be Pretty is almost a meditative experience—it’s a reconciliation of the spheres, a balancing of the scales, and a release that’s been building up for years.

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THE LINDAS: 8X9

January 16th, 2019

8x9 is less than nine-and-a-half minutes long and in that time you get to know the band as well as anybody you might have known for twenty years. There’s no self-deception, no posturing—just a real “fuck you, know me or get the fuck out of here” attitude. Which, really, is the point: you can’t satisfy everybody so what’s the use even trying?