By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio
The Boys with the Perpetual Nervousness, the wonderfully-named band bringing together the considerable talents of Dropkick’s Andrew Taylor and El Palacio de Linares’s Gonzalo Marcos, has just released their second collection of virtually peerless harmony-infused melodic pop songs, Songs from Another Life, a title which seems to be as apt as apt can be during this continuing pandemic year.
Songs from Another Life delivers on the promise of 2019’s Dead Calm with 10 uptempo, earworm-worthy nuggets, all crafted with care by two masters of melody. Injecting some Cars-esque magic into these proceedings, the Boys with the Perpetual Nervousness are really not all that nervous; they are, in fact, engaged in a perpetual run of fun, which you will undoubtedly want to be a part of.
The Boys with the Perpetual Nervousness are named after the opening song on the Feelies’ debut 1980 album, Crazy Rhythms, but not, as it turns out, after Grahame Caveney’s same-named novel from 2017. Songs from Another Life, the band’s sophomore release, is the kind of album that shoots to the top of best-of-the-year lists with ease; sample a few of the songs below and see if you agree.
I connected with Andrew Taylor and Gonzalo Marcos for a spirited and informative discussion of the world of the Boys with the Perpetual Nervousness as the third in the current series of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation episodes. Brought to you in See! Hear! Pop!, Pure Pop Radio’s finely-tuned, video-riffic sight and sound format, it’s a half-hour of joy, no doubt.
And now, on with the show.
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