Album Review: The Cavemen – “Nuke Earth”
No less than the third offering in a little over two years from New Zealand ex-pats The Cavemen, and it’s safe to say it’s pretty much a straight-up continuation of their previous two, their self-titled debut and sophomore effort Born To Hate (both released in 2015). Basically, think the whole boozed-up vomit-stained gleefully straight-scaring Dead Boys template taken to its logical conclusion, where the more rabid a song sounds the better, and if a song goes on for two minutes then it’s a bit on the long side.
It’d be easy to dismiss a band for essentially repeating the same formula for three albums in a row, but the simple truth is that The Cavemen do what they do very well – get in, say what you gotta say, punch the nearest Genesis/Led Zeppelin fan in the face and then get out again. Songs like Lust For Evil, Batshit Crazy, Chernobyl Baby and Gimme Beer Or Gimme Death are simple GBH/Exploited style two-minute blasts of aggression, and simple but addictive numbskull riffs combined to devastating effect. Think The Ramones hammered on 9% cider from a three litre plastic bottle and you wouldn’t be too far off on songs like Don’t Wanna Hang or Thug.
Similar to groups like The Dwarves or Atomic Suplex or Ass Cobra era Turbonegro, you get the impression that The Cavemen are resolutely cutting their own Special Brew and puke-laden path through the rock ‘n’ roll wasteland, and really don’t give a fuck what you think about them. And, whatever your opinion of their music, you have to respect that.
Very much a case of a band sticking to what they know works well, Nuke Earth is an enjoyable 25-minute blast of foaming-at-the-mouth gob-punk which quite simply wants to get drunk, get in a fight and doesn't really give a shit who it offends. Probably not for the more sensitive ears out there but, similar to groups like The Hip Priests or The Dwarves, this is good unclean fun.