EP Review: The Bruttones - Self-Titled
I love examining other countries music scenes. Italy, for one, has had a vibrant punk rock scene over the past few years with pop-punk bands like Melody Fall, melodic punkers Sunset Radio, and The Bruttones; the Florence, Italy based band who leans on both sides of the spectrum to deliver a melodic pop-punk gem with their self-titled EP. You’re instantly pulled into the a clap along groove of opening track “Ho Bisagano,” (translates in English to “I Need”), and with a rousing 1-2-3-4 ala The Ramones, you’re thrust into the one minute and thirty second blitz of pop-punk kissed guitar, spitfire lyrics, and a beat that keeps you plugged into the song as you bop along with it. As you move forward into the EP, “Cocomeri” kicks things into another gear as they showcase their more melodic punk rock sound encased around a repetitive gang styled chorus; a similar feel that can also be heard on “Il Gran Silenzio” (translates in English to “The Great Silence”) as you sing along with the “whoa oh oh’s” in what can best be described as a Bad Religion tilted punch to the face. Though the clap along rhythm slides back into the mix on “Sempre E” (translates in English to “Always Is”), it also brings in entirely different feel to the EP as it leans on a folkier drive and gives us an unexpected new layer as to who The Bruttones are as a band. They close the album with “Zombie Burger,” a tune that perfectly takes all the signature pieces and mashes them together in one song: the catchy guitar licks, sing along “whoa oh’s,” and a pure punk rock onslaught. I know very limited Italian, but they say that music is the universal language! While sometimes understanding the lyrics allows us the opportunity to dig deeper into the meanings of a song, sometimes it’s better to allow the feel of the music to wrap you into everything a band has to offer. The Bruttones play a straight-ahead punk rock style that carries a very rich influence of the mid-1990’s scene, but they also find a way to twist and bend their style in just the right places to give this a flare that’s still all their own.