13 Songs, 29 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Riding the wave of current noise-pop bands who arm themselves with layers of distortion and eke out shy, buried melodies, British trio Male Bonding mix it up with a varied palette: brightly colored stomp-fests (“Weird Feelings”), moody, love-struck swooners (“Franklin,” “Nothing Remains”), muscular, prog-nodding guitar attacks (“T.U.F.F.”) and airy acoustic numbers (“Worse to Come,” with the Vivian Girls on board) bring this debut to some rather lofty heights. These guys know their indie rock, and there are hints of everything from Pavement to Hüsker Dü to the Wedding Present here, with a refreshing insistence on defining their guitar sound with sharp hooks, clear melodies and an exuberant, punk-rooted energy. There is not a wasted track on Nothing Hurts, and we venture to say that “All Things This Way” “Paradise Vendors” and “Nothing Used to Hurt” are mind-bendingly perfect slices of modern, post-punk perfection, and place Male Bonding in a class of their own.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Riding the wave of current noise-pop bands who arm themselves with layers of distortion and eke out shy, buried melodies, British trio Male Bonding mix it up with a varied palette: brightly colored stomp-fests (“Weird Feelings”), moody, love-struck swooners (“Franklin,” “Nothing Remains”), muscular, prog-nodding guitar attacks (“T.U.F.F.”) and airy acoustic numbers (“Worse to Come,” with the Vivian Girls on board) bring this debut to some rather lofty heights. These guys know their indie rock, and there are hints of everything from Pavement to Hüsker Dü to the Wedding Present here, with a refreshing insistence on defining their guitar sound with sharp hooks, clear melodies and an exuberant, punk-rooted energy. There is not a wasted track on Nothing Hurts, and we venture to say that “All Things This Way” “Paradise Vendors” and “Nothing Used to Hurt” are mind-bendingly perfect slices of modern, post-punk perfection, and place Male Bonding in a class of their own.

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About Male Bonding

Male Bonding are a three-piece lo-fi indie rock band that formed in the London area of Dalston. Consisting of John Arthur Webb (guitar and vocals), Kevin Hendrick (bass and vocals), and Robin Silas Christian (drums), the band first appeared in the spring of 2008 performing live at a house party. The D.I.Y. nature of their debut gig summed up Male Bonding's approach to music, which first saw release through their own label, Paradise Vendors Inc., in the form of a split 7" with Pens. After appearing on a Flipper tribute 7" released through Domino Records, the group enjoyed touring the U.K. with New York all-female lo-fi outfit Vivian Girls and played shows with Lovvers, HEALTH, and Fucked Up, among others, before signing with Sub Pop in July 2009. The band's first album, Nothing Hurts, arrived on the label in 2010. For their follow up, London trio went into the studio with producer John Agnello (Kurt Vile, Dinosaur Jr.), and in 2011 released their second album, Endless Now. ~ Daniel Clancy

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    Dalston, London, England

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