Ah, to be young, bored and sexually frustrated. (As opposed to old and…never mind.) Like a lot of young ‘ns, Denver’s Nicotine Fits channel all those dead-end minimum wage jobs and hormonal aches into loud rock & roll. The seven tunes on Like the Curse burst with Detroit energy and Minneapolis hooks like pus from popped pimples, as singer Pete Sisson bitches about Teenage Wads and Girls Like Heroin to Me, how he’s Drinkin My Life Away, how he Just Can’t Control Her and especially about how he needs to Shake Me Some Action. I wouldn’t wish teenage boredom and blue balls on anybody, but if being unfulfilled keeps these boys’ musical madness peaking, I hope they never get laid.
- Michael Toland