On occasion, I miss an album when it comes out. On other occasions, I write about those albums when they grab me to a sufficient degree. That happened to me the other night. I was looking to throw on something briefly while I was working on stuff. None of my usual choice grabbed me. I was getting a little of that paralysis of choice going on. Then, I saw an album I had not seen on my Spotify before. It was called Don’t Be a Stranger, and it came out in 2017 from a band called Nervous Dater. For whatever reason, I gave it a shot, and I am really glad I did.
The opening moments of the first song “Bad Spanish” didn’t grab me. Then, it took a turn, and before the song was over I was thinking to myself, “Oh, I’m really into this.” That feeling rode through the entire album, save for, perhaps, the final song “Wavelengths.” The album does end with a bit of a whimper, but few albums border on perfection. So Don’t Be a Stranger isn’t on that level. That’s far from a crime.
There’s a lot of honesty and rawness on display from Nervous Dater. It’s one of those albums were the swear words weirdly hit and pack a punch, even though I do not blanche from such language. That’s effective language use. The sound is a little hard to synthesize into words. They are definitely an indie rock band, but maybe with a bit of ‘90s alternative rock influence. Nervous Dater kind of sounds like the band Worriers. They aren’t as pretty sounding or raw sounding as a lot of the bands I listen to. I know those are on the opposite ends of the spectrum. I just don’t tend to listen to a ton in between those poles, though. And yet, Nervous Dater grabbed me.
I did not know a thing about this band before I heard Don’t Be a Stranger. I still barely know anything about them. Spotify taught me they are from Brooklyn and this was their debut album. If they put out anything new I will definitely seek it out. Until that happens, Don’t Be a Stranger will work its way into my rotation. Maybe it’s time for you to give it a shot as well.