Album Review: Nemes – Don’t Flush Me

Playing under the band name Nemes since 2004, the band has endless creative talent and energy to offer. Their most recent full length album, Don’t Flush Me is in simple words, a beautiful cohesion of violin and songwriting. Much different from many bands out there, their songs focus a lot more on their songwriting and how their lyrics fit the song as a whole. Don’t Flush Me is an album that offers a great deal of rawness.

Hailing from the Worcester, MA and Boston area, the acoustic, folk rock band offers not only a new, authentic sound but the evident talent is immense. The band has already been named as one of Alternative Press’ top five unsigned bands in 2010. The five piece band is led by Dave Anthony (guitar and lead vocals) and Josh Knowles (violin and lead vocals), with fellow members Chris Anthony (drums and percussion), Alain Lubin (guitar), and Alex Glover (bass/back-up vocals). The band has recorded a phenomenal set of tracks, displaying the evolution of their music and showing that their ever-growing talent means only great things to look forward to.

A mixture of very folk acoustic and some rock elements, Don’t Flush Me starts off with “Blues”, which is a strong indication to the very folk, acoustic touch of the album. With the opener, you also get a sense of their unique song writing style and love for music with the lyrics “I would die to sing the blues/ yes I was born to sing the blues.” The use of violin and the nice guitar riff at the end of the song is a nice lead into the next song. Next up, “Hooray” which provides a beautiful opening with a plethora of violin meshing with the guitar. The tack is filled with catchy hooks and the element of surprise – midway through just when you expect guitar to come in you’re surprised with violin instead.

A stand out on the album “Junk Mail” has a heavy indie feel to it, that comes with a sweet, soothing voice that warms the ears. Lyrics such as “Not just another sad song/ I want this one to stay in a bright note/so keep this simple melody in your head, and in your heart/and I’ll sing it soft in your ear and you’ll come home.” It’s just a beautiful creation in terms of writing and memorable lyrics that resonates with anyone’s past and forms as an mental escape. Next on the track list is “elociN”, which incorporates a more folky, southern touch with the violin. A quick cut in of drums and guitar riffs makes it a more heavily instrumental and melody intricate song. There’s a lot of background music just playing at some points, and one might find it odd but the violin really does sounds mesmeric against a bass guitar.

Midway through the album, “Whiskey” illustrates Nemes real knack for metaphorical references, such as lyrics “Oh sweet whiskey/ you’re the only girl that wants to kiss me / I’m all alone and I know it’s all that goddamn whiskey.” Not only is it catch but it’s simply just a funny song. Then comes “Say A Prayer”, which is one of the most upbeat on the album. It’s the type of track that will have listeners at home up and moving and could bring to life an audience.

Arguably the best song on the album, “Um, Ok Song” has some of the most gorgeous lyrics on the album. Lyrics such as, “If you could see me every night/ I’m singing to your picture hoping it will come to life I wrote this song duet on the piano so we would have to sing close again/ her hands go high my hands go low/ I will close my eye and I let go of you.” The lyrics are so simple but could mean so much to the listener. Another notable track is “Don’t Flush Me Part 2” which is the total rock song of the album. It contains a lot of guitar riffs and some deeper vocals, signature to punk over folk. Around two thirds into the song, there is a magnificent blending of guitar, drums and violin, and the result was purely, great music.

Finishing off the album with a bonus song, “Diggin’ A Hole” displays to me what real artists are. It starts off with a dialogue, where Dave sets the scene of being broken up with and the band smoking pot before playing music. He describes the atmosphere as “a little twisted, a little happy.” The most memorable set of lyrics on the album, “I spent 40 days alone with my guitar strings wondering how I’d bring you back to me,” just envisions a few guys sitting around, and although shit happens in life, they go on to create great music as a result of it. They put their life and heart, everything into it and that’s what real artists are, just guys alone with their instruments. Nemes is a band that truly cares only about giving their listeners intense lyrics and a great experience musically.

Currently, Nemes is unsigned but there is no reason they shouldn’t be signed. The band has said that they want their songwriting to always be one of their most important focuses and that’s what separates them from every other band out their today. Showcasing talent unseen in a while and the power to vow a venue in two tours along the East Coast, Nemes is a band that should definitely be on your radar. Don’t Flush Me is a must-have ethereal experience, and one of the most beautifully lyrically written albums I’ve heard all year. That violin’s a unique touch too!

Rating: 9/10

Release Date: June 17, 2011

Record Label: Unsigned

For Fans Of: King Charles, Peter Bjorn John, Smith-Westerns, Local Natives, Tallest Man on Earth

Recommended Tracks: “Junk Mail” // “Um, Ok Song” // “Don’t Flush Me Part 2″ // “Diggin’ a Hole”

Purchase on bandcamp


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