Album Review: Male Bonding - 'Nothing Hurts' (Sub Pop)

Punk bubblegum that'll go off with a bang

Early suspicions of Male Bonding went thus: from ‘trendy’ Dalston, voguish ‘bromantic’ name, emotional breadth cribbed straight from Wayne’s World – fun like a flash in the pan should be, but hardly built to last, right? Of course, then they inked to Sub Pop, and debut LP ‘Nothing Hurts’ proves what seemed like affectation is simply purity of intent. ‘Your Contact’ and ‘Pirate Key’ tone down the basement scuzz and emerge as joyful, guile-free surf-grunge, while ‘Weird Feelings’ cops a little of Abe Vigoda’s tropical steez with thrilling effect. The result is purest punk bubblegum, and deserves to be blasted long and loud all summer long.

Louis Pattison

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8 / 10

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