Collecting Misery

Written by: PP on 29/01/2020 23:40:23

Nadir is a brand new punk rock band from New York featuring Robbie Swartwood on guitar and vocals, whose primary gig is being the bassist for Off With Their Heads. Being a fan of the latter, the release of Nadir's debut album "Collecting Misery" naturally piqued my interest especially when the press promised music in the vein of his main band, Banner Pilot and Alkaline Trio.

Stylistically, that may be true, but let's just put it this way: there's a reason why it's Ryan Young on vocals for OWTH and not this guy. The delivery here is flat and forgettable, more akin to what you hear your friend's bands play at your local basement scene than something with the potential for a tour even outside their home city.

However, there is a bright side to it. The melodies, in general, do show quite a bit of promise. "Rope Burns" and opener "Doomed From The Start" could both be bangers if the production was less DIY and the vocalist replaced by a rawer or a more gravelly type than Robbie is. Nowhere else is this more clear than on the pub-singer style acoustic title track. Not sure exactly how this passed for an album release, regardless if it is a self-release or not.

So to sum it up: "Collecting Misery" is the kind of demo-ish album that probably shouldn't have been released. It feels unfinished and like one where a few friends just threw together some cool riffs, but nobody was the natural choice for a singer, so the job just 'fell' on Robbie.


Download: Doomed From The Start, Rope Burns
For the fans of: Banner Pilot, Off With Their Heads, The Slow Death
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Release date 29.02.2019

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