Pin It

NCM 

click to enlarge 2007, Independent
  • 2007, Independent
To bestow the moniker of power trio on New Paltz punk three-piece NCM, while entirely appropriate, doesn’t quite do justice to the band as it’s heard on its second full-length platter.

True, this group has the energy and reckless abandon of a train on the verge of jumping the track, but beyond the sheer brute aural force there is an intricacy of structure and intuitive command of the vocabulary of rock. Take “Change the Conversation,” which kicks off with drummer Justin Pettinati’s ferocious backbeat and rages along on the wave of founder/front man Pete Crotty’s grinding guitar and ragged-but-right vocals. Amid the song’s coruscating volume, the delicate plinking of a piano appears before Crotty tosses off a totally unexpected guitar break of Chuck Berry-style licks and the track finally fades into exuberant, Ramones-like “hey, hey, hey” chants. On “Purge,” an acoustic guitar transitions into a wash of wah-wah and the vocal harmonies of Crotty and bassist Lara Hope; the dynamic then alternates between righteous guitar-scrubbing and hard-rock balladry. But despite its labyrinth-like structure, the song is entirely coherent and riveting.

The great appeal of this disc is that NCM is not beholden to a single sound; instead, the band embraces aural diversity with an experimental glee that is focused and exhilarating.
www.ncmmusic.com.

Tags: , , , ,

Speaking of...

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

  • CD Review: "The Poughkeepsie Jazz Project"

    If you want to catch some of the best jazz in the Hudson Valley, head over to the Derby bar and restaurant on Main Street in Poughkeepsie. Since 2013, the duo of pianist John Scanlon and bassist Ben Basile has held court there every Tuesday, jamming with an array of local talent each week and establishing Po-Town as a rising force in local bop.
    • Aug 1, 2015
  • CD Review: Christine Spero's "Spero Plays Nyro"

    Why and how dare she devote an entire album to songs by Laura Nyro when we can just listen to the originals on Spotify? I'll tell you why. Because Christine Spero fully inhabits these songs, uncovers hidden nuances, and with her stunning ensemble—including drummer Peter O'Brien, bassist Scott Petito, saxophonist Elliot Spero, and Christine's own magic hands on the ivories.
    • Aug 1, 2015

Hudson Valley Events

submit event

Big Joe Fitz & The Lo-Fis

Sun., Dec. 4, 10 a.m.

Winter Spark-tacular! Media Celebration

Sun., Dec. 4, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. — Spark Media Project's seasonal student film screening is back, and this December,...

View all of today's events

Latest in Music

Related to Music

  • Opera in Phoenicia Park
  • Opera in Phoenicia Park

    With its open-air format, where attendees picnic in the parks and watch the stars emerge during performances, and its $5 youth tickets, the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice is the perfect place to share with children a love of music and theater, in a variety of styles.
    • Jul 25, 2016
  • More »

More by Jeremy Schwartz

Hudson Valley Tweets