The song titles on Video Nasties’ debut album (Old Flowers, Conversation Dies, Dead Again) suggest an earnest attempt to be gloomy, sort of a cartoon Joy Division. These are kids raised in the post-Green Day era, however, so everything here is infused with a punk energy and pop aesthetic which saves what might otherwise be a dully generic Editors-style new wave revival record.
It’s all there on lead single Jellybean: the trebly post punk guitars, the Interpol chord progression and cymbal washes, layered over a drum kit getting a healthy trashing. The rest of the album more or less sticks to this formula. Not life-changing, but hard to fault.