Cab Don't Kill Me EP
At times, Boston seems to be awash in a sea of indistinguishable pop/rock bands. This is not to say that Boston is a completely heterogeneous town, musically speaking. There are good and bad bands of every genre, but go out to the clubs on any given night of the week and you are more likely to see a band chugging through an uninspiring set of original but derivative pop/rock. Musically, the Nationale Blue are equal parts Fugazi and Black Sabbath. There's enough distorted riffing to really rock you, but also enough breaks, odd times, and strange keyboard interludes to appeal and keep the music interesting and surprising.
There are only two songs on this EP but they both showcase the bands use of dynamics and songwriting ability extremely well. “Knives and Hearts” starts off with a really subtle drum machine and is quickly augmented with both keyboard and bass before launching into the body of the song. There are a good deal of stops, and abrupt dynamic changes that happen over the course of the song, but none of them seem forced or out of place, which is a credit to the songwriting. "Your Head Is in the Dark, I Cannot Extract You" is a bit more aggressive, but structured just as interestingly. The band manages to slip from one section to another fluidly and nothing ever seems like it's out of place or doesn't belong. There seems to be very little unnecessary music in the songs, and that is especially impressive considering that the songs are rather lengthy (6:52 and 7:05 respectively). They make mention of an impending full length in the liner notes, and based on the preview this CD gives, April seems a long ways away.
These guys would fit into the D.C. or Baltimore scene (they definitely have the makings of a Dischord band), but to Boston's benefit, the Nationale Blue are offering a respite from the usual musical fare.