Punknews.org
Weekend Nachos - Worthless (Cover Artwork)

Weekend Nachos

Weekend Nachos: WorthlessWorthless (2011)
Relapse Records

Reviewer Rating: 4
User Rating:


Contributed by: SloaneDaleySloaneDaley
(others by this writer | submit your own)

I've heard Weekend Nachos get called lots of silly things things from powerviolence to grindcore, when mostly they were just a hardcore band, and I think Worthless serves as a testament to that. I slept on it for so long because I always found the Nachos a difficult band to listen to and write about.
iTunes StoreAmazon


I've heard Weekend Nachos get called lots of silly things things from powerviolence to grindcore, when mostly they were just a hardcore band, and I think Worthless serves as a testament to that. I slept on it for so long because I always found the Nachos a difficult band to listen to and write about. There is nothing bad about an album like Punish And Destroy, in fact I enjoy it quite a bit but even though the songs are short I never found enough variation between them to really sit through the entire thing. I found myself burnt out on the band. That's why Worthless is completely surprising; the album is fast and heavy but the musical ideas are precise and succinct in ways Nachos have never before approached.

If you enjoy loathing of any kind really: self, others, things that don't yet exist but someday might, Worthless is really the album for you. It is a loather's loather's album. There is something really cathartic about expressions of pure disgust on "Hometown Hero" which tells a familiar story about a self-important scene queen. With the thrashy guitar workout and the repeated phrase "Get fucked!" it channels all the rage you've felt for that mustache and chest tattoo but as a good Christan woman you've never been able to tell him to his face. It is kind of silly though when the lyrics call out "pussies" in "Black Earth" and then on "Dubvilence" the lyrics speak out against homophobia. Maybe I'm just getting my panties in a bunch over nothing but it seems strange to call out something that very much has it's roots in sexism and then use a term like "pussies." Maybe they were just so blinded with rage they couldn't think straight when the record was made. It feels like it.

I guess Weekend Nachos have always been pretty concerned with "scene politics" type of issues so it makes sense that they would address their detractors on record with "Jock Violence." I guess some people have felt their blending of powerviolence influences with other styles of Northeastern hardcore has been unpure. The very fact that the band doesn't stick to a subgenre and can make it all work so well together on Worthless is something that should be celebrated, not looked down upon. You get a heavily distorted version of an NYHC mosh anthem, a droning noise instrumental and vicious little shards of violence all brushing up against each other and it is all pretty damn enjoyable.

Maybe Worthless is just Weekend Nachos becoming more accessible but they certainly aren't any kinder or gentler. If you have written off the band before I highly recommend giving this album a chance; if you love the band but couldn't get into this release I suggest taking another listen to see how truly fucking marvelous it sounds.

 

 
People who liked this also liked:
Title Fight - ShedBomb the Music Industry! - VacationJawbreaker - 24 Hour Revenge TherapyBalance and Composure - SeparationBasement - I Wish I Could Stay HerePrawn - You Can Just Leave It AllRed City Radio - The Dangers of Standing StillBlink-182 - NeighborhoodsAlgernon Cadwallader - Parrot FliesCeremony - Rohnert Park

Please login or register to post comments.What are the benefits of having a Punknews.org account?
  • Share your opinion by posting comments on the stories that interest you
  • Rate music and bands and help shape the weekly top ten
  • Let Punknews.org use your ratings to help you find bands and albums you might like
  • Customize features on the site to get the news the way you want.
Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
quickattack (November 21, 2011)

Love this album. Agreed on the "pussies" thing.

publichousing (November 13, 2011)

"Frostbitten" is such a great song.

SloaneDaley (November 12, 2011)

The joke isn't calling someone a pussy, it is but a function of the joke at play here which isn't even really a joke. You could say I missed a function of the joke. The joke is that song satirically attacks people with envirnmentalist concerns. I guess what I don't understand is how calling them "pussies" furthers the joke? Connecting concern for the earth as a feminine concern? I just doesn't seem to support the overall arugment of the joke enough to warrant use.

TweekendMachos (November 12, 2011)

Some didn't get the joke on using Pussies in that song.

xbat-mitex (November 11, 2011)

I had the pleasure of playing with them at my house in Oakland a few years back. Nice dudes, & fucking tight as fuck live! Lookin forward to this comin in the mail.

slowstupidhungry (November 11, 2011)

"Worthless." Hm. Pretty succinct way to describe a bunch of mindless reactionary bullshit.

ZachLeg (November 11, 2011)

One of the best records of this year.

Contests

Exclusive Streams

Newest Reviews

Punknews.org Team

Other Places to Go