In 2012, I was at a festival called Sound and Fury in Santa Barbara, California, shooting the shit with my friends in the parking lot of the festival grounds, when this dude comes out of nowhere to inform us that the next band playing was, and I quote, “fast as fuck.” That description could not have been more accurate. In fact, I don’t even know what the fuck I’m doing writing this article, because the phrase “fast as fuck” is all you need to remember the next time someone mentions the name Nomads to you. Nomads are a band I’ve seen on and off playing around southern California multiple times; however, when I moved to Arizona they kind of fell off my radar. Until recently, that is, when their new album Love It or Leave It made its way into my inbox a few weeks ago.
Label: Melotov Records
Nomads are true d-beat warriors, and this album is an onslaught that will most definitely impair your hearing. Not to mention that Love It or Leave It features rad covers by GG Allin and The Sisters of Mercy. Now, I can jerk myself off by giving you an intricate explanation of every song on this record, but let’s be real – if you’re reading this, you know what vicious d-beat sounds like and certainly don’t need my help to enjoy it. If you’re looking for one of the fastest d-beat records you’ll hear all year, Love It or Leave It will not leave you disappointed. However, if you suffer from the incredibly non-punk condition known as pig-sympathy, this record probably isn’t for you. In fact, punk/hardcore/whatever probably isn’t for you – why are you even reading this? Don’t you have an unarmed civilian to go shoot? Anyway, if you ask me, raging d-beat and police-hatred go together like peanut butter and jelly. It just fucking works, there’s no debate, there’s no time for questions, fuck the cops, fuck your friend who wants to be a cop, Nomad’s new record fucking rips, now go eat some peanut butter and jelly and spin that shit!
Jun 6 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy w/ Discharge, Eyehategod
Jul 20 – San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick w/ Nails, Terrorizer
Jul 21 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room w/ Nails, Terrorizer
Jul 22 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy w/ Nails, Terrorizer
Jul 23 – San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside w/ Nails, Terrorizer
Here’s some footage from a recent gig in LA via Tru Tube