PUJOL – Nasty, Brutish, and Short PUJOL – Nasty, Brutish, and Short

You heard it here first, folks: garage rock rules. Everything about it just rooooollllzzz. Its shamelessly suburban roots (who else has garages but suburban kids?). Its caffeinated stomp. Its pent up sexual energy and bored adolescent aggression. Its volume. Not for nothing did garage give birth to punk, promoting energy over skill and enthusiasm over ability, wrapping it up in snotty fake English accents. It’s the savage sound of teenage cavemen and streetwalkin’ cheetahs, and it’s American as bourbon and bobby soxers.

PUJOL is the brainchild of Daniel Pujol, guitarist, singer, and peddler of amped-up, blown-out garage jams from Nashville. Beating back the tide of Music City’s neutered nu-country schmaltz, Pujol joins the ranks of fellow Tennesseans Jay Reatard, the Reigning Sound, and the Oblivians in the pursuit of fuzzy hooks and racing pulses. His latest offering, the well-nomered Nasty, Brutish, and Short, clocks in at a compact 18 minutes, and manages in that brief span to remind you how rock ‘n’ fuggin’ roll is really done. Bass, drums, guitar, the occasional piano riff. 7 tunes, all under 3:30, all righteous, all right.

Jack White digs these guys, and he’s produced some of PUJOL’s singles. You can hear why on this EP. Like White, PUJOL have a thing for Nuggets-era noise and primitive blues, channeling the Kingsmen and the Sonics and deep-fried druganauts like the 13th Floor Elevators. This is pure aural agitation, tossed-off talent and reckless precision. Amps are overdriven; the rhythm section swings with a raunchy punch. Highlights include the opening raygun chords and twisted strings of future classic “Mayday” and the British Invasion invasion of “Emotion Chip (No Feeling),” with its jarring jangle and melancholy piano lines. Rave up “Tiny Gods (Singularity)” worships at the feet of Jerry Lee Lewis, while closer “Point of View” is an anthem sweetly sneered.

PUJOL could never be accused of over thinking this stuff. It’s bare bones, basic, raw. But that also translates into immediate, compelling, and powerful. Garage rock is like an ur-language of ragged guitar pop cool, providing the building blocks and essential vocabulary for pretty much everything great about indie. And PUJOL are more than fluent in garage; they talk like they were born there. Nasty, Brutish, and Short is your Garage-Square pocket dictionary. Study up.


1. Mayday
2. Scully
3. Battles
4. Emotion Chip (No Feeling)
5. Tiny Gods (Singularity)
6. Stuff
7. Point of View

PUJOL - Nasty, Brutish, and Short, reviewed by Brandon Gentry on 2011-10-10T09:55:03-07:00 rating 4.0 out of 5

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