People Are Weird: An Indie Pop Gem

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People Are Weird was released on February 6.

People Are Weird was released on February 6.

People Are Weird was released on February 6.

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Dublin-based indie pop-rock trio No Monster Club has been churning out catchy, wildly listenable music for the better part of the last decade. With almost no media response, this band is creating music that they want to listen to, and this effect is mirrored unto their listeners. People Are Weird, the band’s fourth album formally released by independent label Popical Records on February 6 is yet another NMC album worth listening through and through.

I discovered Dublin, the band’s 2012 EP, last year and can confidently confirm that many of the featured songs have been stuck in my head since. Dublin was comprised of short, energetic songs. Despite their brevity, each of the songs were delicately written and lyrically unique and thoughtful. Frontman, guitarist and acclaimed “brains behind the operation” Bobby Aherne is innovative in his songwriting and consistent in accompanying his inspired lyrics with pacy, swinging rhythmic guitar riffs that are so catchy they had me dancing.

Similar to Dublin, People Are Weird is comprised of fairly short songs, averaging only about two to three minutes each. However, these individual songs come together to paint a vivid picture of freedom, angst, and of course, the perpetual weirdness of the human race. These themes recur throughout the album and add a subliminal depth to the overall production.

Additionally, each of the tracks on People Are Weird is bursting with liveliness and color. The range of musical instruments is evident, and the sound is as weird and as cool as ever. Two songs which deserve special recognition are the eighth track, titled “They’re Still Cooler Than You,” and the final track of the album, “Harvard.”

“They’re Still Cooler Than You” is a standout both because of its lyrical intricacy and meaning, and because of its distinctive lo-fi ambiance. In comparison to the rest of record, this tune is uncharacteristically slow-paced. This change in tempo gives Aherne a chance to elaborate lyrically. The listener is hit with an emotional wallop as the songwriter bellows, “you’re old enough to know better” throughout the chorus.

“Harvard” is much quicker-paced and closes the album with a kick. The track features a driving bassline that’s further enhanced by their innovative usage of an electronic beat pad that lays down a solid rhythmic foundation; slick guitar and piano riffs give this track yet another dimension of sound. “Harvard” is a riveting conclusion to a strong LP.

Throughout People Are Weird, NMC are able to hone in on a sound and style somewhere in between excited beach-rock, (similar to the styles of recognized American West Coast bands Wavves and Fidlar) and lackadaisical, dreamy indie pop that can be compared to bands such as Beach House or Ariel Pink. This blend of styles helps to achieve a sound that is endlessly interesting and unpredictable.

While it may be a little while until No Monster Club receives the attention they deserve, their output continues to be stellar. Their sound is authentic, feverish and inspired; they have already developed a considerable cult following and it’s only a matter time until the mainstream catches on.

No Monster Club’s latest release, People Are Weird, is an awesomely unique trip into the psyche of some really weird people. Make sure to give this album a listen. You certainly won’t regret it.

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