Local Review: The Brobecks – Happiest Nuclear Winter

Local Review: The Brobecks – Happiest Nuclear Winter

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The Brobecks - Happiest Nuclear WinterThe Brobecks
Happiest Nuclear Winter

Self-Released
The Brobecks = Weezer + They Might be Giants + Flaming Lips + Alkaline Trio

This album isn’t over-cute, it’s just cute drawn out. Happiest Nuclear Winter struts clever through 12 tracks of electro-pop subtle-saccharine with bummed-out lyrics and occasional near-jazz piano ditties. Sad, socially conscious, mostly strange and always beguiling, this aptly-named disc is one of the better basement recordings I’ve ever heard. As much as I refuse to endorse any ironic cheer/depression pop mergers, this album is goddamned good.