LA's Bomb Zombies' Debut EP Sincereley Yours
For an album that begins with excessive triangle, the Bomb Zombies’ EP Sincerely Yours drops heavy quick. The lead track and single for the groups debut “F***whatchaheard” raised my expectations for the record. DJ Nobody’s minimal beats and unprocessed synth basslines heard on that track carry throughout the album, but there are a few more little tricks that pop up to poke fun at the big time.
Nocando’s forwardly ignorant lyrical content somehow mismatches his snarky and intelligent tone, turning his verses into little exercises in sarcasm detection. It all sounds like it’s supposed to be infantile. In the end the joke is on you, because you were bobbing your head the whole time. The Bomb Zombies were just kidding.
A notable theme in the production of the EP is the constant little bit of distortion on Nocando’s voice. The fuzz turns his snide voice into something tinny, like your boy on the phone making fun of you for staying home. The crispness of this vocal effect and the snap of of Nobody’s sharp attack snares deliver Nocando’s misogyny with a bite. It’s more valuable for its rhythmic intensity than anything else.
In that respect, the bulk of the EP doesn’t surpass the lead single. A couple of the upbeat tracks come close like “Get ’em” with it’s extra-shifty use of autotune, but even in a short run of nine tracks it can get monotonous. It all depends on your level of tolerance for this style of lyrics. By the last song, it can feel like your boy on the phone won’t shut up and the chiding conversation has gone on for a half hour.
Whether it engages you or not, there should be more rap music like this. At one time, underground rap was intelligent in the face of oversimplistic mainstream rap, but that’s changed with the type of cleverness heard on Sincerely Yours. Lyrics don’t have to be nerdy to be smart and beats don’t have to be complex to be good.
Hear the Bomb Zombies single “F***whatchaheard”