Hot Nuns – Rude, Dumb & Anxious

Rating: 4/5
Distributor/label URL: https://www.facebook.com/loyalbloodrecords
Released: 2015
Buy Album [URL]: https://hotnuns.bandcamp.com/album/rude-dumb-anxious-ep
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/hotnunsband

Band Line-up:

Sigurd Haakaas – drums/vocals
Yngve Andersen – bass guitar/vocals

Tracklisting:
  1. Can’t Get Over You
  2. I Love You Still, I Always Will
  3. First Time
  4. Rude, Dumb & Anxious
Review:

‘Rude, Dumb & Anxious’ is the second EP from a garage/ punk band out of Bergen, Norway. Sigurd Haakaas and Yngve Andersen are also members of Blood Command, a more established hardcore/ deathpop band. The duo have been working on this additional project since 2019, so it is very fresh. The debut EP ‘Wrong Again’ is only 6 months old, and here they are with a new set of 4 tracks already.

A mix of just drums, bass & vocals, it has a very live and raw feel. The recording took place at SpaceKraft with English producer Simon Jackman mixing & mastering, and Robert Høyem providing the artwork, a set of hot pink doodles.

As the duo claim influence from bands such as The Clash, The Ramones and The Boys, it would be fair to expect something more angry and bitter, but in fact the songs have more joy in them and are far more pop-punk than traditional punk. The 4 songs are all very short, so this is not an EP for a long car journey, but it is a quick blast of energy to lift you from the current gloom.

Starting with ‘Can’t Get Over You’, the lyrics to most of these songs are described as being about ‘sad losers longing for love’, this has teen dream breakup song stamped all over it, perfect for a Netflix movie sequence. The vocals are hard, gruff and yet the melody & harmonies are rich and intoxicating, the effect is something lively and exciting.

Track 2 stays on the same theme, ‘I Love You Still, I always Will’, imagine MCR mixed with Blink 182, and you will have a clearer idea of their style, it should appeal to younger generations, it has a bright clean edge that shines through and catches the attention.

‘First Time’ is a cover of a track by ‘The Boys’, one of the original London based 70s punk bands. A typical home coming / prom scenario which results in disappointment, short, sweet and frantic, a little like ‘the first time’.

Lastly comes the title track, which is the only one to steer away from the love lorn theme, but still appeals to the younger generations, about the ‘fake’ scene where people say things to fit in, image is everything. ‘Rude, Dumb and Anxious’ has a grinding riff that drives it along, the vocals have a darker sound and a very different style to the first 3 songs.

The EP was surprisingly enjoyable, for such a new band it is very tight, although they benefit from having worked together before. The vigour that underlines the music is obvious, the energy is bold and brash, it feels young and modern, yet builds on strong building blocks from the past. Certainly a duo to follow closely in the future.

Review by Lisa Nash
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