Album Review: Nightmare Boyzzz – Bad Patterns


Nightmare Boyzzz have been local favorites around Alabama for a few years now, but they’ve just released their first full length LP on Slovenly Records. The record delivers on the promise of their earlier 7” Nuclear Summer (from Montevallo label, Happening Records) and a split 7” with Birmingham’s Younger Siblings (on Birmingham label, Fat Sandwich Records).

Bad Patterns provides the pop hooks and sugary sweet melodies that Nightmare Boyzzz have been known for, but also ups the garage-punk ante of their earlier releases. Where Nuclear Spring evoked a somewhat aggressive beachy vibe, Bad Patterns is rock ‘n roll swagger and grit tied together by catchy hooks and whoa-ohs.

As a first full length, Bad Patterns succeeds in building on the successes of earlier releases, while focusing in and refining the band’s songcraft. Almost every one of these songs clocks in at below three and a half minutes, and there isn’t a lot of wasted time or superfluous bullshit. Punk ragers “Baby, It’s Alright” and “Don’t Wanna Feel Alright” fly by almost before your brains gets a chance to process them.

But for all of their punk compactness, the band manages to stretch their legs a little on “You’re A Star”, delivering the albums highest highs and most melodic rock ‘n roll strut. Perhaps the biggest successes on the album are second track “Valium”, and back end sleeper “My Body Breaks Down”. They bridge the gaps between the bands influences and stand as Nightmare Boyzzz’s catchiest and most fun songs to date..

The only knock I have against Bad Patterns, is that it may hem a little too close to its influences from time to time. Some of the songs can start to blend together into a kind of garage rock soup after a while, but there’s more than enough talent on display here to forgive the band for wearing their influences on their sleeve. The band never lets the album slog along for too long before delivering another killer hook. Overall, I don’t think the LP suffers too much as a result and still presents itself as a strong debut.

The album was officially released on November 26th, but the band had copies at their tour kickoff show at Parkside, and I’ve been enjoying it for a few weeks now. I highly recommend that you track down a vinyl copy via mailorder from Slovenly, or your local record store, and keep your eyes peeled for the Boyzzz’s single, Up All Night (on Fat Sandwich Records).


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