With less than a week left in the 31 Days of Music lets toss a little punk rock into the mix with the Bloodplums on Day 5. Their album Nervous Breakthrough is one of the finest records of 2015 attacking listeners ears with aggressive punk sounds while stimulating the brain with thought provoking lyrics.
Iggy Pop was once quoted as saying “You write about things of importance to you. And it’s gotta be real.”. That is exactly what the Bloodplums have done with their debut album – Nervous Breakthrough – set to be released Saturday at their show at Union EAV in East Atlanta. Harvesting from old school punk and garage rock B, T. One, Matthew Foster and Jon Stare have unleashed a batch of songs that are raw and in your face. With a bit of anger and frustration the band pulls no punches as they let listeners know what they think about the state of music, authority figures, dysfunctionality and society in general.
The Bloodplums waste no time ripping into authority on the opening track “Problems”. Vicious guitar riffs and booming rhythms set the tone as B tears into people that think stricter rules are needed in society when all they do is create more problems. With radio a dying medium Bloodplums dole out many reasons why the people don’t listen on “Dead Radio”. They don’t blame just the marketing big wigs of media conglomerates for pushing what sells vs what is good because part of the blame is on people that just accept it. The angst filled “Misfortunes Punk” is the age old tale of not understanding someone because they are different. The inability to accept people that are different creates a hostile dysfunctional environment. Everything is on the table on “Nervous Breakthrough”. The hammer is slammed down on the likes of authoritative figures, people that hide behind religion, gun nuts, politicians and anyone else that has helped create an America that breeds hate and distrust instead of acceptance and understanding. The album concludes with a vicious track that unleashes all the anger and disdain that builds throughout the record. “Build and Kill” is as simple as it sounds, society is built on building everything bigger and better and damn anyone that gets in the way. The song that best sums up this album as well as reflects the previously mentioned Iggy Pop quote is also the catchiest. “(Music Is) Revolution” lets listeners hear what Bloodplums think about music. It is more than a way to be cool, popular, become famous or get rich, it is a way to express what is important to you and maybe even change what people think, it is a revolution.
Nervous Breakthrough is a revolution in itself. Painstakingly pieced together the Bloodplums have given us ten songs that are entertaining as well as thought provoking. The lyrics offer up the band’s views on things that are important to them but maybe should be important to all of us. The music is raw and violent setting the tone of each track. It is this symbiotic relationship that makes these songs whole. If you want an album to crank up and rock out to then you can accomplish that with Nervous Breakthrough, just don’t ignore the words because then you are missing out.
31 Days of Music
Day 5 – Bloodplums – Nervous Breakthrough
Day 6 – Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats – Self-titled
Day 7 – Father John Misty – I Love You, Honey Bear
Day 8 – Jason Isbell – Something More Than Free
Day 9 – Quaildogs – The Getting Old Factory
Day 10 – Blackfoot Gypsies – Handle It
Day 11 – Sydney Eloise & the Palms – Faces
Day 12 – Cedric Burnside Project – Descendants of Hill Country
Day 13 – Bohannons – Black Cross, Black Shield
Day 14 – Feral – Automatic Biters
Day 15 – Futurebirds – Hotel Parties
Day 16 – Ike Reilly – Born on Fire
Day 17 – Blue Blood – This Is The Life
Day 18 – Patrick Sweany – Daytime Turned to Nighttime
Day 19 – Mark Utley’s Bulletville – Bulletville
Day 20 – Porter – This Red Mountain
Day 21 – Left Lane Cruiser – Dirty Spliff Blues
Day 22 – Leon – Bridges
Day 23 – Ray Wylie Hubbard – The Ruffian’s Misfortune
Day 24 – Kent Goolsby & the Gold Standard – No Substitute for Handsome
Day 25 – Tedo Stone – Marshes
Day 26 – The Mountain Goats – Beat the Champ
Day 27 – American Aquarium – Wolves
Day 28 – Strange Majik – Lights On
Day 29 – Banditos – Banditos
Day 30 – The Juliana Hatfield Three – Whatever, My Love
Day 31 – Barrence Whitfield & the Savages – Under the Savage Sky