I have a confession to make; I have a soft spot for nu-metal. Now I realize this could get my headbanger card revoked, but I can’t help it. As much as I can’t stand Fred Durst, I can’t help cranking up Limp Bizkit when it comes on. Don’t forget, I’m also old enough to have bought ‘I’m the Man,’ License To Ill, The Real Thing, and ‘Bring the Noise’ when they were released, so rap n’ roll is nothing new to me. That being said, nu-metal isn’t exactly something I search out, somehow it just finds me. That’s why I was surprised when I pushed play on Wilson’s new album. Tasty Nasty will be released on August 24, 2018 via RED Music.
Now, let me back up a minute, these Detroit rockers have not gone full blown HED P.E. or anything, but that little record scratch in the bridge of opening thumper ‘Dumptruck’ isn’t exactly a nod to Sid from Slipknot. You’ll notice the scratch sprinkled throughout the eleven tracks of Tasty Nasty, along with a hefty dose of bass and beat. Lead single ‘Like A Baller’ is an instant classic, reminding me of The Offspring in their heyday. Wilson actually cover all the late 90’s rock bases; Smash Mouth, Cake, Sugar Ray, Crazy Town, you name it, they’ve got a song that brings that stuff right back to you, but in a little heavier and updated fashion. Much like those hits back in the day, the lyrical content is something to be taken with a grain of salt (I mean, they’ve got a track titled ‘House of Fuckery’ for Christ’s sakes), but that’s ok, as this record is obviously meant to be cranked up and had fun with. If there’s not a chant (‘Dumptruck’) or shout along (‘Act My Age’) you can’t get behind, then there’s got to be a groove (‘My Hustle’) or a stomp (‘Fuck Up My High’) you can. Make no mistake, for as ridiculous as some of the tunes, Wilson take their instruments and sound quality very seriously. Because, for all the old school flavor the songs permeate, the production is definitely modern and top notch.
I’m not going to lie, I really thought I would hate this record, but it’s just too damn much fun to listen to. Wilson has really hit home run with Tasty Nasty. There isn’t a skipper on the record, as they all bump (“Like a dumptruck!”). Even with all the cringe worthy lyrics, you’ll end up singing along anyway. So crack a beer and crank this one up Wilson’s Tasty Nasty, because you probably won’t find a better record to party with this summer.