Nightmare Boyzzz – Bad Patterns
★★★★ (out of 5 stars)
One scary band name, some drugged-out cover art and song titles like “Bender,” “Valium,” “My Body Breaks Down” and “Puke My Life Up” – Bad Patterns, Nightmare Boyzzz’s debut full-length, sounds like gutter-punk, trash-metal or scuzz-rock at its filthiest, right? But that inaccurate first impression makes the insanely catchy hooks of this Alabama quintet all the more enjoyable. “Baby, It’s Alright” is classic three-chord thrash a la the Ramones, while “Don’t Wanna Feel Alright” hews closest to more recent street-punk gospel. Nightmare Boyzzz’s influences span the rock & roll ages, however, as evidenced by the nervy ’90s buzz of “Say What You Mean” and the strutting Cheap Trick-esque glam-pop of “You’re a Star.” Frontman Chris Jordan’s high-pitched vocals partially hide the intoxicated, world-gone-to-shit lyrical vibe of Bad Patterns – even bitter breakup ode “You Have No Friends” comes across as endlessly sunny. But nothing can take this 30-minute slab of lo-fi garage-punk perfection off of endless repeat.