How to Meet Girls
Musically, Nerf Herder are all about the melodic power-poppy punk rock that the kids today just love. Though their music is catchy, fun, and sticks to your head like super-glue, it’s not the main reason to pick up Girls . What puts Nerf Herder miles ahead of the zillion other bands playing this kind of stuff is their gift for witty lyrics littered with more pop-culture references than a Quentin Tarrantino flick. In his appealingly nerdy style (oh, come on — their name comes from a throwaway line in The Empire Strikes Back — of course they’re nerds!) Parry Grip wants to start a new wave band to rival A Flock of Seagulls and Haysi Fantayzee with “Vivian,” joins a gym ’cause he “thought I’d look like Henry Rollins/but I still look like Phil Collins” when he’s “Feeling Bad,” and “would hire the A-Team, and I’d crash the General Lee” “For You.” A scathing assault on Courtney Love (“Courtney”) and a tribute to Jonathan Richman (“Jonathan”) are a lot of fun, too, but the piece de resistance is the hilarious and brilliant “Pantera Fans in Love” — I could quote you the lyrics, but you should really pick this up an hear ’em for yourself. All in all, a hilarious and fun record that’s also musically interesting enough to sustain repeated listens. They’re touring the Southeast with the Bloodhound Gang in April, and if that’s not a match made in heaven, I don’t know what is.
Honest Don’s Corn Dog Emporium, PO Box 192027, San Francisco, CA 94119-2027, http://www.nerfherder.net