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Nicotine

Nicotine: Samurai ShotSamurai Shot (2002)
Asian Man Records

Reviewer Rating: 3


Contributed by: moldyMoldy
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Nicotine hails from Tokyo, Japan and is one of the most popular punk bands over in Japan, and quite possibly most of Asia, and on their newest release "Samurai Shot", it is easy to see why this band may win a fanbase here. Nicotine is a 4 piece pop-punk and reminded me of a poppy NOFX, Pennywise, B.
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Nicotine hails from Tokyo, Japan and is one of the most popular punk bands over in Japan, and quite possibly most of Asia, and on their newest release "Samurai Shot", it is easy to see why this band may win a fanbase here. Nicotine is a 4 piece pop-punk and reminded me of a poppy NOFX, Pennywise, Bad Religion, and on some songs Blink 182.

The topics of these songs range from more serious ones about being yourself and doing your own thing, as well as questioning the things around you and not taking everything at face value ("Far Away" "Bio Blood Society"). They also provide the punk stable, a anti-cop song ("Cop Magnet"). Others go for a more lighthearted and sill fare with songs about shark attacks, getting a 300 perfect game, and getting ready to rock at a show ("Killer Shark Attack" "300 Perfect Game" "We Are Ready To Rock"). Nicotine also gives a glimpse into their family life with talk of a punk ass brother and a prostituting mom ("Jimmy Is My Punk Ass Brother" My Mom"). One of the coolest tracks one the album is a punk sing-along to "Do They Know Its Christmas" which includes members of other Japanese and Asian Man bands including: Mike Park (Asian Man), Dan Potthast (MU330), Ellie (Queen Of Hearts), Brian (MINX), Kuruma (Bee's Knees), Eji (Stuck Inside), Daigo & Fumi (To Grows).

Over all, the music and words were really catchy and got stuck in my head really quickly, and the production on this was excellent, but I had some mixed emotions about the songs. I really enjoyed the more serious songs that were about doing your own thing and the society types of songs, but I found myself skipping over the more funny/silly songs. I think that this will be an album that a lot of people that are newer to the scene can use to get into underground artists. I would get this album if you like NOFX, Pennywise, Blink 182, pop-punk in general, or are getting into punk.

 


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Vien (August 27, 2002)

If you want to listen to a good japanese punk band, listen to "Spread". Their music is raw, melodic, and hardcore. They did a split 10" with the teen idols. If you can find it, get it, it's awesome.

Anonymous (August 23, 2002)

I love this band, Ive been listening to them for about a year now, although I like their album "Desperado" better.

Anonymous (August 23, 2002)

This band rocks...I saw the at warped tour and they are fuckin awesome....i bought this cd and haven't put it down since

Vien (August 22, 2002)

Did you say they sound like nofx? In that case I'll just stay away from nicotine.

Anonymous (August 22, 2002)

Why does everyone label BR and PW as pop punk? You'd have to be deaf to think that is pop punk. it doesn't sound anything like bad pop punk bands like Blink & NFG or anything like good pop punk bands like the Queers or Ramones! Just because pennywise has gained a considerable audience doesn't mean it's pop punk kiddies.

SOYBOMB (August 19, 2002)

I'm mailordering this very CD tomorrow, and the review is one of the main reasons.

The description Miya gave on the newsletter was decent, but this is more in depth.

Peace,
-SOYBOMB-

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