US Post Punks Nuclear Tourism have been making waves across the pond in Athens, Georgia with their beach-soaked brand of garage rock, juxtaposing jangling riffs with witty lovelorn satire. Today, GIITTV are delighted to premiere their latest video, ‘Computer Wife;’ a hilarious yet poignant reflection on modern society’s technology addiction. If you’re looking for angsty, self-deprecating, sun-dappled fun, then look no further. With shades of Beck and Flight of the Conchords, there’s a warm knowing wit to ‘Computer Wife.’
Reviving the upbeat vibes of Y2K rock, Nuclear Tourism laces indie riffs with the poignant shadows of modern social commentary. Drummer Brennan Murphy sings, “Lonely livin’/Livin’ a lonely life /My hands my lover/My computer my wife,” going on to comfort with the lines, “No no don’t feel so down/We all want you around,” all embedded in a warm indie jangle, laughing at the absurdity of modern existence. He sings, “If things don’t start changing how will I get by?/What’s the point if we were born to die?” an existential, yet sun-soaked reflection of the inner monologues of a generation, like Iggy and The Stooges.
‘Computer Wife‘ ‘comes from their acclaimed self-titled second album which saw the band cement their status as “2023’s weed smoking, skate-pillaging, pizza-scarfing saviours of Rock & Roll.”
Having already shared bills with The Chats, Agent Orange & Death Lens—and with their biggest single, ‘Subatomic,‘ logging more than a million plays on Spotify Nuclear Tourism are well and truly beating the sophomore slump.
In addition to the surfy, sun-dappled garage punk that anchored their 2018 debut, Scraping By, this time Nuclear Tourism dips its toe into a more diverse set of sounds with late-’80s ska-punk, Lee Scratch-style dub, mathematically interlocking Strokes like rhythm guitars and even some Beatles style layered harmonies.
Speaking of their latest album, singer & lead guitarist Parker Allen said,
“Part of me was a little sceptical coming into this record with all these different genres… I honestly didn’t know if they’d go together. We had a bunch of ska/reggae songs, and then the next one would be a Stooges / Lou Reed kinda thing. This album is definitely more well-rounded, more garage-rock influenced… It’s not quite as surfy as our first record, but it’s still got some splash to it.”
Nuclear Tourism’s self-titled album is out now via Los Angeles label, Baby Robot Records.
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