The Ungnomes play straightforward punk rock that owes a lot to west-coast bands of the 80s, like Black Flag or the Adolescents. The songs are speedy and snotty, and lyrical subject matter ranges from childish nihilism ("Religion is stupid!") to childish commentary on local politics (one song is called "
Fuck Kill Rahm"). They're by no means breaking down any boundaries or forging new musical frontiers, but that's what makes it so great. This is spirited punk rock made by excited kids, and listening to it makes me excited. The music is played with a lot of skill too; what I hear are four young musicians with bright futures ahead of them. You can listen to their new album, Grape Drink, in its entirety on their Bandcamp page.
The Ungnomes have been hopping on a lot of gigs at legitimate venues lately. Once again, they're doing a lot better than I was when I was their age. They play an all-ages show this Saturday, January 12, at Martyrs' at
56 PM with Twin Peaks and Rubber.