SKILLET w/, Red Gazelle & RedHook Big Top, Luna Park, Sydney Thursday 15th November, 2018 …
Deez Nuts have always been a personal favourite, but there’s only so much party one can take. That’s mostly out the window on latest Binge and Purgatory. “There’s no death or glory for me/binge and purgatory” may just be the most prescient line that Peters has ever concocted. Antidote follows and Peters’ menacing vocals paired with a banging riff is a career highlight. The hooks that Deez Nuts have based themselves around before have been crass to say the least. It got them where they are today and there’s nothing wrong with it after a few drinks. But Binge and Purgatory feels like the band have perfected a record that doesn’t require a bottle of straight to bump.
Binge and Purgatory is the most exciting thing to emerge from Deez Nuts since Sam Carter’s feature threw everyone for a loop.
‘Bout It and Word Is Bond hinted at the band’s potential with Band of Brothers and Face This On My Own and thankfully they’ve gone full throttle in that direction. The road behind them is dealt with on Discord, and Commas & Zeros fires on the commercial focus of the industry. Both are easy routes to take, but they’re done surprisingly well with a meaty bass tone taking centre stage on the former, and gang vocals throwing head-bopping vibes out on the latter. Who knew that a reflection on a life lived from Deez Nuts would end up being so enjoyable? Fans will find more than enough to love with the band’s emphasis on tightening up their earworm skills. Those who’ve always given them a pass – which is more than fair – shouldn’t be so quick to judge this time around. Even with a few middling tracks (Carried By Six, Lessons Learned are unnecessary throwbacks to their old material) Binge and Purgatory is the most exciting thing to emerge from Deez Nuts since Sam Carter’s feature threw everyone for a loop.
STANDOUT TRACKS: Purgatory, Antidote, Discord
STICK THIS NEXT TO: Stick to Your Guns, Earth Caller, Your Demise
Binge and Purgatory is out now through Century Media.