GENRE | Bubblegum Garage Punk
LABEL | Self-released
RELEASE DATE | February 25th 2017
VERDICT | Extra cheese, please
Having heard the legend of Attleboro residents NEUTRINOS! and seeing them live several times shredding in the Providence circuit. The band has been around since 2011 but has not released any music until their new EP, Surf Cult. It takes a special kind of determination for a band to be around for so long, focusing on shredding gigs and refining their craft in lieu of releasing recorded music. NEUTRINOS! are pure chaos, and “Pizza Party” is a short yet very sweet (Can pizza be sweet? Maybe if you put pineapples on it, but I don’t know if I’m down for that can we just do veggie instead..?) example of why.
There is a calm before the storm of “Pizza Party”. Within the first 10 seconds, the instruments are introduced but they fade out accompanied by a fun drum roll. Everything is quiet and I’m calm and relaxed and then somebody shouts “PIZZA PARTY!!” and all hell breaks loose. The riffs curated by the band’s guitarist and co-frontman Preston Masterson are striking and relentless, reminiscent of The Ramones.
The track is a little over 90 seconds long, but a full listen-through will leave you feeling like you just rode a rollercoaster. Also, it’ll leave you hungry. The lyrics shouted by Masterson are hurricane of juxtaposition, where ingredients that aren’t necessarily widely accepted as pairs become exactly that: “Marshmallows and Pepperoni,” “Bubblegum and Rice A Roni,” “Ice Cream and Buffalo, too.” It’s hard to catch all of the lyrics because, as aforementioned, NEUTRINOS! are a rollercoaster. It’s nice that we can’t necessarily catch it all in one listen, though, as it gives us reason to listen again and louder. It’s hard to stay focused on the lyrics because the speed and precision of NEUTRINOS! is driving hard, and fast. We’re rocking hard. We’re partying and we wanna party with NEUTRINOS!
In a world where everything can seem bleak, NEUTRINOS! are an escape to a land of pure fun, complete with loud rock ‘n’ roll and extra cheese, please.