Boston, MA’s The Drunk Nuns continue the Beantown tradition of anthemic, sing-along punk and do not disappoint. Taking their cues from hometown legends like Gang Green, Darkbuster, and the Ducky Boys—who by no coincidence practice just down the hall from The Nuns’ own jam spot—the quartet offers a breath of light-hearted, fresh air when we need it most. Among jaded used-to-be-punks, mustached martini sippers, and pretentious button-pushers, The Nuns are unfashionable, stuck in their ways, and far too fun to get sucked into the black hole of the post-modern douche era.
The Drunk Nuns formed in 2011 with singer Joey Barron, guitarist Andrew Dedousis, bassist Frank Ashe, and drummer Andrew MacTaggart. Sharing a mutual love for classic punk and rock n’ roll, the four friends have grinded out of the gate, and quickly established a large following in Boston— regularly playing venues like The Middle East Upstairs in Cambridge, The Midway Cafe in Jamaica Plain, O’Brien’s Pub in Allston, and The Cantab Lounge in Cambridge.
On December 12th, 2012, the band released their full-length debut, the Winchester LP, and have received favorable reviews from zines like Thrash N’ Bang and The Noise. The record maintains an eclectic balance throughout, blending coming of age struggles like “What Now,” toilet humor party blasters like “Reckless,” which tells the tragic story of a friend “losing his conscious” while “taking shots and banging fat chicks,” and genuine social commentary on what I believe is the LP’s strongest track, “Doubt,” an acoustic, Guthrie-esque number deconstructing the “genesis and genocide” of religious war.
The band has released a two song teaser on Bandcamp in anticipation of a second LP, and is planning a stateside tour for 2014. If their creativity and work ethic persists the Drunk Nuns should have no problem leaving their own mark alongside the three-chord greats they grew up idolizing.
Highly recommended for fans of Darkbuster, The Replacements, The Queers, and Swingin’ Utters.