Nurse: Foreign Object
Wow, what an opening track! I mean it in the nicest possible way when I say that Atlanta's Nurse have evolved from the noisy pogo punk style band that started out. On this new EP, they've created a sound with just as much snarl and rage, but with leaner, more complex songs and interesting contradictions in the guitar work. I can't tell if this is a product of faction between the current members of the band, but the result is intriguing. "Foreign Object" makes strong use of weaving between a simple but effective riff and a creepy single-note melody. The song feels chaotic and claustrophobic, careening into a lot of unexpected turns, -- instruments dropping out, tempo changes, etc. -- but the structure still comes across as intentional and memorable. When looking for something left-of-center, this is what I want out of my weirdo hardcore.