Nuclear Power Pants – Wicked Eats The Warrior Album Review

Nuclear Power Pants came off create synth-heavy, spazzy, lo-fi garage rock with an interplay between lethargic male and hi-energy female vocals. It’s certainly entertaining, to a degree, with tracks like “Uh Oh” starting off with buzzing synths and guttural expulsions of sound that are immediately engaging. “Graveyard” and “Partytime U.S.A.” have some some really bouncy basslines, and the former has sound effects which fall somewhere between samples from Pac Man and corny Halloween banshee squeals. Some people might be able to get behind it, in a goofy, almost Aquabats kind of way. And they certainly do have that kind of playful edge — the sarcastic type you might expect from a band with a name as inane as Nuclear Power Pants. But by the time “Partytime U.S.A.” rolls around, I’m a bit tired of all of the laser sounds and old-school sci-fi whirrings. Bleh.

 

Which is a shame, because it seems like “Partytime U.S.A.” might be their most popular song, even though I cannot stand it or its lyrics that repeat over and over again, “I’m not a nuclear fluke/ I’ve got a bad reputation as a real cool dude.” All I can think is that I want to plot an escape from this album, and even though the rest of it slows down, becomes more diverse, and even gets a bit enjoyably droney in parts, “Partytime U.S.A.” kind of killed my mood. If you can make it beyond that, though, there are a couple of tracks it’d be good to stick around for.

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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/them) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

In 2017, Vee released the narrative short film, Searching Skies — which touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States — and co-organized The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. 2022 sees the release of their next short film, Reckless Spirits, which is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature film.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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