Review: Larry Nodder – U R

Larry Nodder’s latest offering is a great example of how recording in a studio can sharpen a band’s vision. The promise of Larry Nodder’s polished sound, as teased with the release of “Dr. Cox” earlier this year, is realized in full on this album.

@ForestKidsPA

A year and a half ago, I sat in the Chaplin’s green room and interviewed Overfield. Despite the optimistic nature of the interview, and the fact that they had just recorded a new set of demos,  the band would play their last concert within a month.

Since my interview with Overfield, Paul Marchesani has been very busy. His latest release is with his indie rock band, Larry Nodder, and listening to the album’s nine tracks, one can see the influences of Paul’s eclectic projects. Outside of Larry Nodder, Paul is involved with Playgirl Mansion, Crossing Bridges, Forest Kids, Imisu and Just the Architects. Paul’s constant musical activity and supportive mindset leads one to believe that he’ll grow into a true scene leader. I also suspect that The Jumping Juvies track “Paulie” may be about him.

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Larry Nodder: Paul Marchesani (Left), Jeff Wasch (Center), Keith Rodgers (Right) – Pic via Larry Nodder’s FaceBook page.

I was very impressed by the overall cohesiveness of the “U R.” This is absolutely a record that should be listened to from start to finish. “Mayor Iguana” is a great example of the sense of urgency that Larry Nodder displays on their new album; listening to the latest release makes me feel like the band loves post-rock, but doesn’t have the patience for it. Yes, I realize they certainly could dissolve into Boards of Canada-esque compositions if they wanted to, and Paul displays this in his other projects. But, just as quickly as they create layered soundscapes, the band will destroy them with driving drums that are almost always present.

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Larry Nodder performing at The Pharmacy on July 9th of 2016.

The drums do cut out for the acoustic track, “Reasons”, an introspective song adds an interesting Elliott Smith dynamic to “U R”. The entire album is littered with catchy guitar licks, but the fast pace of songs like “Don’t Take Acid In Dallas” don’t really allow you to pause on their melodic sounds. Lesser musicians would revel in those licks, but Larry Nodder seems more concerned with giving their listeners as much audio stuffing as they can possibly handle.

Give Larry Nodder’s new album “U R” a listen, and you won’t be disappointed.

@DougEKeller

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