If there’s one thing guaranteed about Weekend Nachos it’s that, aside from having one of the most awesome band names ever, they don’t muck about, an ethos that beginning barely as ‘Sickened No More’ opens up their fourth album, and their debut for Relapse. There’s not an awful lot of change to be found here, which when you’re Weekend Nachos isn’t a bad thing – when you’ve come to expect their furious intensity you’d expect nothing less. But the sludgier sections we’ve heard from them in the past aren’t often present here, with a bit more leaning towards old-school hardcore and crust-punk in their sound than previously granted. Case in point: ‘S.C.A.B.’, where vocalist John Hoffman bellows ‘Did you experience greed and brutality/or did you read about it out of a lyric sheet?’, calling out bands writing about police brutality without knowing or experiencing a thing about it. Or the title track which undeniably lends itself to crossover appeal, like Suicidal Tendencies and Poison Idea getting together and birthing a party monster. Not to say they’ve dispensed with the slow trudge, as they slow down to a crawl on tracks such as ‘Watch You Suffer’ and Ignore’, albeit more briefly than on previous releases. The main thing here is that whatever they’re going for they land their punches with frequent accuracy, whether it’s the bodyslamming riff in ‘No Idols No Heroes’, the care-free nature of ‘Late Night Walks’, and the confrontational ‘Yes Way’, where Hoffman challenges ‘Fight me/with what you’ve got’ and later promising ‘I will kill you‘. Crikey.
Clearly some people have a problem with the macho lyrics on display here, and I’ve noticed some flame for Weekend Nachos from people who have nothing better to do than scold. If you don’t like it, why are you paying attention? This is a band who’ve been around a fair bit and you should know what to expect. Fact is, Weekend Nachos clearly couldn’t give a hoot who they offend and who they rub up the wrong way, and ‘Still’ continues this trend in excellent form – I’d vouch this is a slight step up from their previous album ‘Worthless’, though not massively different, but for at least mixing things up while retaining their usual urgency and spit and not compromising it for one second.