With Phoenix Comicon right around the corner, it's a good time to highlight nerdcore, and with Nerdzerker's album release party less than a week away, the nerdy punk three-piece is one that should be mentioned.
Their music is punk enough to stand up next to just about any punk act out there, while singing about things like the X-Men in "Magneto's Manifesto"; lamenting the loss of the dinosaurs in "Jurassic Fart," for which they made a music video; and, of course, video games in "BIC (Blowing Into Cartridges)" and "JRPG Song." The band's love of such punk bands as Dead Kennedys and Descendents and its love of nerdy stuff like Star Wars and Dungeons and Dragons shines through equally. Just don't think they ham it up with pocket protectors or taped-together glasses.
Although, the brimless cap that guitarist Zero chooses to wear is pretty dorky. And the chosen name of the drummer "Skeletor" could only belong to a nerd. He's a villain, but c'mon -- it's a He Man villain.
Nerdzerker is releasing an album, Rage Quit, on Saturday, May 31, at The Rogue Bar in Scottsdale.
"Sometimes, people don't take us seriously because of our name, or what we sing about, but not all music has to be serious," said bassist Jackson Bollox, and those who take issue are making a mistake.
Sure, the song "Mega Police" is not "Stairway to Heaven," and undoubtedly Radiohead and Nerdzerker will never be thought of with the same amount of admiration. Br that as it may, the music is pretty freaking good.
It's upbeat and fun and more importantly, it's relatable. With superhero movies being some of the highest grossing films out there, shows like Game of Thrones maintaining staggering prominence, and events like Comic Con's attracting crowds of thousands, the nerdcore wave is here to stay. Star Wars, comic books, and D&D are no longer just for basement dwelling retainer wearers.
While Andy Warpigs (their labelmates on 56th Street Records) makes music about profanity and drug use, and Bacchus and the Demonsluts go almost fully instrumental, Nerdzerker does songs about the despair of forgetting to save your game while playing a complicated RPG -- which any avid gamer can definitely relate to.
The release is taking place at Scottsdale's Rogue Bar on Saturday, May 31, and playing along with Nerdzerker will be Andy Warpigs, Hot Rock Supa Joint, Ichi Sound, and Orangabang. Doors open at 8 p.m. cover is $5.
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