"The tunes on What Is Nerdwave? tell stories. The band uses its knack for good, sticky chorus hooks and supports it by writing lyrics that increase the expectation and hence the payoffs for the choruses. They also make their 80's-rock inspirations their own by injecting the Racketeers' personal obsessions and quirks, from the technosexual weirdness of "Electromagnetic Pulse" to the fanfic romance "Summer" (as in Summer Glau). The smart construction of the songwriting enhances the modest pleasures of their playing. A few songs really pop out: "I'm Not Dead" is fast, goofy fun and "Looking for Lorelei" is expertly conceived power pop." --Big Western Flavor
released September 18, 2010
World Racketeering Squad is
Reed Oliver vocals, bass guitar, tin whistle, vocoder
Isaac Priestley guitar, vocals, keyboards, bass guitar on
“Needful Things” and “I’m Not Dead”
Bruce Chandler drums, vocals
Megan Allen vocals on “Undercover”, “Awesome”,
“Rock Me Amadeus” and “You are the dream”
Jonny_Dub vocals, bass guitar on “Electromagnetic Pulse”
Matt Pucci bass guitar on “Panic”
All songs composed by Oliver/Priestley except “Rock Me Amadeus” by Falco/Bolland/Bolland.
Produced by World Racketering Squad. Recorded at 18ohThree Recordings except where noted.
“Needful Things”, “Electromagnetic Pulse”, “Rock and Roll” engineered and mixed by Bruce Chandler. “Looking for Lorelei”, “Summer” engineered by Dave Novak, mixed by Mike Propst. “Awesome”, “Undercover” engineed by Dave Novak, mixed by Bruce Chandler. “I’m Not Dead”, “Rock Me Amadeus”, “You are the dream” engineered and mixed by Dave Novak. “Heartbreaker” engineered by Bruce Chandler, mixed by Dave Novak. “Panic” engineered and mixed by “Comfortable” Billy Leger at Arlyn Studios.
Assistant engineer Matt Burnett. Mastered by Jonny_Dub.
Cover illustrations and design by Isaac Priestley.
Copyright 2010 by World Racketeering Squad.
Released under Creative Commons
Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported.