REVIEW: Nasty Cats: The World Ends With You

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The Nasty Cats are back with another album; this is one I was really excited for since I loved the last one so much. This is another great album by the band but this one is noticeably more unique. There is a real evolution of sound on this album. Instead of a straight pop punk album they incorporate a lot more of an alternative punk and pop sound. Some songs are reminiscent of bands like The Ataris and Alkaline Trio (back when both were good of course) but the majority of the album is a totally unique sound to this band. This is great because not only will it keep the pop punk heads like myself happy it’ll also get heads turning of people who write off pop punk as generic. Anyone that likes any type of pop, alternative or punk rock music should be on top of this one. I can’t see any reason not to love this album, it’s a great one.

1.Broken Hearted
2.18
3.Take Me Away From Here
4.Useless
5.Hello
6.It’s Not Too Late
7.To My Chest
8.16
9.Mr.Disaster
10.Freak Out
11.Hopeless Romantic
12.Untitled

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REVIEW: Italian Idiot: The First Italian Tribute to Green Day

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Making Believe Records and Da Kila Records team up for the first Italian Tribute to Green Day. Now from the title I assume you know what the album is. We’ve got nineteen Green Day songs covered by different Italian bands. This tribute album is fucking great; almost every song is top notch. This might actually now my favorite tribute album of all time. If you’re a Green Day fan this is a must own, and I’d even say if you’re not a Green Day fan still check it out, you might find something on here that you dig.

‘Maria’ A song that was unreleased until the International Superhits album and here to start things off with it are theNasty Cats, I figured they’d be a good fit for this since they seem to have very heavy Green Day influences. Simply put, this is one of the best Green Day covers I’ve ever heard.
‘Church On Sunday’ Teenage Gluesniffers are another band who I’ve been really stoked on lately. They don’t have a big Green Day sound, more of a bubblegum pop punk band butthey’re great. They’re covering a song from my favorite album, Warning. I love the way this thing sounds, it takes the pop punk side of Green Day and cranks it waaaay up.
‘Words I Might Have Ate’ Succo Marcio turns back time a bit with a song off of Kerplunk!This one took a little bit to grow on me, but that only took about two seconds. This does a great job of mixing more of the Green Day sound with pop punk, and it’s got some killer guitar work.
‘Waiting’ Again we go back to the best (for my money) album, Warning. Acid Colourtakes a step in a really weird direction. I’m not sure if I like this cover or not, it’s like a synth power pop version. But I think I might like it, though I’m not too big on the ending.
‘Good Riddance’ Cani Pazzi steps in to cover one of Green Day’s bigger songs off of Nimrod.This is punched up with more energy than the original and it works really well. This was one of the songs where Green Day mellowed out to record but Cani Pazzi has added the punk rock back into it.
‘Ha Ha You’re Dead’ Not released until the Shenanigans compilation album Killtime is in with a great cover of ‘Ha Ha You’re Dead’. This sounds a lot like Green Day, these guys do a killer job with this cover.
‘She’ Another one of the Green Day mega songs, off of their most recognized album, Dookie. Face Off takes a crack at itand knocks it out of the park. This is pretty much a perfect cover, I saw Iron Chic cover this song, but I think Face Off does an even better job.
‘Uptight’ We go back to Nimrod for the next cover, and doing it is another super pop punk band I’ve been into recently, Teenage Bubblegums.Dual female and male vocals add a totally new take to the song. They manage to keep the song the same and turn it into something totally different at the same time, this is an amazing cover.
‘Basket Case’ Back to Dookie with another giant hit for the band, I’d say this is arguably Green Day’s best known song and Rivelardes are brave enough to step up to the challenge of covering it. From the first five seconds it’s clear that they had nothing to worry about, this is a flawless cover that any Green Day fan would be happy with.
‘Wake Me Up When September Ends’ Now what I think is the biggest challenge, as much as I like the band I’ve always thought ‘American Idiot’ was their one, completely terrible album. But Nadia Lanfranconi is here to give some credit to this awful song. This sounds like something that would be in a Disney movie, it’s really a nice version of the song (way better than the original).
‘F.O.D.’ Back to the super hits and back to Dookie, Frozen Brains is here to cover this classic song.They bring a good version to the song but it doesn’t quite stand out as much as I was hoping for. Still though, they do a real good job with it.
‘Going To Pasalaqua’ Hangers are up next with the first cover from 1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours album. They bring a high energy pop punk version of this song that I dig a lot.
‘Westbound Sign’ Another first, Kill That Girl (another band that I enjoy a lot) is here with the first entry from the Insomniac album. They do an incredible pop punk version of the song, everything about this song I like a lot. The background vocals really pop too.
‘Brain Stew’ Back to back Insomniac entries, Hot Dog in the mix now to cover another one of the top tier Green Day hits. It’s almost a garage rock version of the song, which I think fits this perfectly, I don’t think there’s a lot of Green Day songs that would match up with this style as well as this one.
‘Hitchin’ A Ride’ Plutonio 113 takes us back to the Nimrod album; their twist on this song is a good one. It’s subtle but enough to notice and works well with this song more of a straight rock version of the song than the original.
‘One For The Razorbacks’ Going back to Kerplunk for the first time in a while Flowers does a cover that I don’t think I’m too into. I think it’s mainly the vocals. It’s not too bad, but stands out as weak when it’s alongside the rest of this album.
‘Coming Clean’ Biffers bring us back to the Dookie album this song suffers from the same thing as the last one; I’m just not feeling the vocals. Though the band is mostly on point with this one.
‘Welcome To Paradise’ More Dookie with this next one, if Basket Case isn’t Green Day’s most recognized song then My Burning Wings is covering it right now. This is great, though it sounds like it was recorded in a basement, which I’m still not sure is a great thing or something that really hurts it. Either way this is a fantastic cover.
‘Rest’ Allex N July takes us way back to 1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours one more time to close out this compilation album. An acoustic version of the song, that doesn’t really work. It’s pretty decent but not that great.

1. Nasty Cats – Maria
2. Teenage Gluesniffers – Church On Sunday
3. Succo Marcio – Words I Might Have Ate
4. Acid Colour – Waiting
5. Cani Pazzi – Good Riddance
6. Killtime – Ha Ha You’re Dead
7. Face Off – She
8. Teenage Bubblegums – Uptight
9. Rivelardes – Basket Case
10. Nadia Lanfranconi – Wake Me Up When September Ends
11. Frozen Brains – F.O.D.
12. Hangers – Going To Pasalaqua
13. Kill That Girl – Westbound Sign
14. Hot Dog – Brain Stew
15. Plutonio 113 – Hitchin’ A Ride
16. Flowers – One For The Razorbacks
17. Biffers – Coming Clean
18. My Burning Wings – Welcome To Paradise
19. Allex N July – Rest

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INTERVIEW: Nasty Cats

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Nasty Cats started in 2003 right? Why the long gap before an album was put out?

-Because we were too young and no one of us knew how to play a guitar. Funny but true. (Jinx)

How did you guys get together and form Nasty Cats?

-At school! We have changed many members before finding the right ones. We looked for a second guitarist since 2003, but we found it in 2010. (Jinx)

I hear a lot of the Green Day sound some of your songs, are there any other bands you’d say are responsible for shaping the way you guys play?

-There are more and more bands! Rancid, Nofx, Screeching Weasel, Alkaline Trio, Bouncing Souls, Lawrence Arms, Anti- Flag, Riverdales, Social Distortion, Squirtgun, Apers and the real list goes on and on… Now, we are in love with Gaslight Anthem, Broadway Calls and Teenage Bottlerocket. (Jinx)

Any specific reason you chose ‘Maria’ to cover on the Green Day tribute CD you guys did? Were you trying to do a song that has been done a hundred times already or just liked it?

-We chose “Maria” because we thought that the 90% of other bands would play a “hit song” or at least a “pander song” .We chose a “pander b-side song”. And it’s a great song too! (Jinx)

How often does Nasty Cats get out to tour or play shows?

-Every month! We’re trying to play out of our country (Rome) every month. I think that Rome is sick of us, ahahah. (Jinx)

I love the album cover for ‘Misantrophy,Melancholia & Desperation’, where’d that come from?

-It’s a picture made by our friends Christian Zeppieri. Misanthropy, Melancholia and Desperation are state of minds that make my head explode. It’s perfect! (Jinx)

So what’s next for the band? Another album or maybe going with a 7” or a split? Or is that all up in the air right now?

-Eheh, we never sleep. Really soon, “Revenge of Punk Rockers Vol.2″ (Split CD) is out(Voodoo Doll Records). 3 Nasty Cats’ songs, 3 Bat Bites’ songs, 3 Hotlines’ songs and 3 Heart Break Stereo’s songs. It will be a great split CD!
And in the end (just for now), we’re recording 13/14 new songs soon. We’re working for a new album. It will be a little more different than “Friday 17th” and “Misanthropy, Melancholia & Desperation”. (Jinx)

Voodoo Doll has released both of your albums, how did you get hooked up with them?

My Space! Gianfranco from the lebel is our real first fan! Voodoo Doll Rec. is the best indipendent label in Italy. (Jinx)

Anything else you’d like to mention here?

Stay tuned with Nasty Cats on:
nastycats@hotmail.it
www.myspace.com/nastycatsband
www.facebook.com/nastycatsband
www.youtube.com/nastycatsOFFICIAL

Special Thanks to:
Voodoo Doll Records, Killtime, The Majors, Super White Garlic, Teenage Gluesniffers, Kill That Girl , One Trax Minds, Bones Bag and The Nappies!

REVIEW: Nasty Cats: Misanthropy, Melancholia & Desperation

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Nasty Cats from Rome, Italy are here with their album ‘Misanthropy, Melancholia & Desperation’, and I for one am really fucking glad it’s here. I remember years ago when Green Day was a great band, now they are not, but luckily there are bands that do what Nasty Cats does. There’s heavy doses of Green Day in this album that make me feel like I’m fifteen again going around being awesome and not caring about anything. I’m probably going to talk a lot about Green Day here but don’t be mistaken, Nasty Cats are no rip-off act, they can stand on their own two feet as a band and go toe to toe with any pop punk band out there today. If you like Lookout Records style punk you’d be a fool not to own this album, it’s incredible, top to bottom, every song is great. You can go and grab it on VooDoo Doll Records right now!

‘Misanthropy’ Holy shit, this song fucking rules. Any kid that’s just now discovering punk/pop punk and hears this song but doesn’t get excited is an asshole.
‘Hystercal Repulsive’ This song has a lot of Green Day elements but there’s a hint of some Rancid in here too, but it’s the good stuff. Another quality jam.
‘Crazy’ Faster than the previous two songs, still filled with awesome punk rock with a lot of pop on top.
’14′ This song reminds me of another band that has a lot of Green Day elements, the Jetty Boys. A damn catchy song about not wanting to grow up.
‘A Hate Song’ Kicking things into overdrive you get a good reminder that pop punk is still PUNK!
‘Freak but true’ A damn fine melody here ensures this song will be lodged in your head at some point in the day.
‘Melancholia’ This reminds me a little more of bands like Alkaline Trio and J Church. There’s a TON of Alkaline Trio in the intro and the bass line.
‘Astro Girl’ The longest song on the album, with the title I half expected a very Misfits sound here. Instead there more of a party going on.
‘Travel For I Don’t Know’ Much like the second song there’s a lot of a Green Day/early Rancid mix going on. But it doesn’t really sound like the previous song, no repeats here.
‘Flying Far Away’ Most of this song is a really slow tune, that doesn’t mean the quality of these songs have slowed down though, still keeping that high level of greatness going.
‘Another Lie Inside Closed Eyes’ We’re back up to normal pop punk speed with this one, also happens to be one of the best songs on the album.
‘Panic Attack’ Faster faster faster cranking into high gear again with this song. It sounds like a race to the finish.
‘Desperation’ A super dose of Green Day here, I’d actually believe this was a lost Green Day song if I didn’t know better.
‘Hopeless fool’ A great song to put towards the end, stripped down but not so much it’s acoustic for about the first minute, then everything else joins in to complete the full sound. This is another tune that’s fighting for the best on the album spot.
‘Maria’ Well I’ve been saying that this band has a lot of Green Day in them, here’s a Green Day cover. Not only that, it’s also one of the best Green Day covers I’ve ever heard.

1. Misanthropy
2. Hysterical Repulsive
3. Crazy
4. 14
5. A Hate Song
6. Freak but true
7. Melancholia
8. Astro Girl
9. Travel For I Don’t Know
10. Flying Far Away
11. Another Lie Inside Closed Eyes
12. Panic Attack
13. Desperation
14.  Hopeless fool
15. Maria (Green Day cover)

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