Kurt Cobain may have commit suicide 19 years ago. But you wouldn't know it after hearing Nifty Breed's new album "Keep Quiet" (out Jan. 8). It's full of Cobain style throaty vocals and distortion laden guitar crunch. This album would have been perfect back in '93. Not that it's a bad album for current times. It just has a dated quality to it.
"Bag Of Bones" kicks the album off with a heavy beat and a screaming guitar riff. It's a great opener for this album. It's dark and almost creepy in it's approach and feel. It has grunge stamped all over it, as does "Faraway Places" with it's wha wha sound and chugging riffs. I like this tune a lot. But between the vocal and guitar effects it's a busy song. Maybe too busy for it's own good. But you can't take away from the musicianship of these 4 guys.
Singer/guitarist Matty Marcus has a good voice with just enough range to carry the songs. He's not overpowering the songs or struggling to keep up. This is definitely the perfect vehicle for his style of singing and playing. The way Marcus and guitarist Alex Ainbinder play off each other is very impressive. Neither take over by showboating. They have a concise way of playing that compliments each other without going overboard. Again, it's the perfect mix for the style of music they're playing. And drummer Jordan Satargot and bass player Brian Conners are the glue that holds it all together. Nifty Breed are a tight group of well rounded players.
You can hear the bands musical influences on songs like "Pins & Needles" and "Bug Spray". This band must have ate up mass amounts of Nirvana and Silverchair in their youth. The bite, power and passion come through in the songs and lyrics. Keep Quiet isn't a bad record if you're wanting to revisit a time long since passed, when wearing your heart on your sleeve and the less is more style of playing actually meant something. Like I said earlier, this would have been a perfect album back in the early 90's. But who knows....like Nirvana before them, this may be the kick in the ass the music industry NEEDS right now. If there was one album that would open the doors to quality music and close the door on shitty teen pop and pre packaged boy bands, this would be the album to do it.
4 / 5 stars