Nashville, TN is a town built on music. When you mention it in conversation people automatically assume you are going to discuss country music, but these days that just isn’t so. Yes country tunes are still the bread and butter of the Southern city, but lately it is becoming a hot bed for indie rock activity. While bands such as Harrison Hudson, Heavy Cream and Jeff & the Brotherhood are treating the listener’s to a collection of blistering indie rock, it is the band PUJOL (pronounced pooh-jole) that is leading the way out of the ‘Volunteer State’ and no ears will be spared.
Brainchild of the multi-talented Daniel Pujol, who spends his time between writing & recording music, creating poetry and earning his degree, the band has released its debut solo record United States of Being. The album is an assemblage of killer tunes that traverse a thin line between music and noise. While coming close on multiple occasions, it never falls into the chaotic noisy abyss keeping the listener enthralled with high powered guitar driven music distinguished by Daniel’s growling vocals. Underneath the crunchy sounds and fuzzy distortions PUJOL’s songs are loaded with lyrics that question and challenge his generation, or anyone else who partakes in his music. This is not an angry ranting album where they vomit out hatred towards ‘the man’, society or inequalities it is an intelligent record professing that there is more to life and if you want it then you have to be the best you can be and go get it. With that being said the album as a whole is an entertaining listen, yes PUJOL has a lot to say but delivers it in an upbeat lighthearted bad ass rock kind of way. Throughout the record your ears will decipher bits and pieces that sound like The Replacements, Cheap Trick and 13th Floor Elevators giving United States of Being an oddly familiar sound. This familiarity is what draws you into the songs then the originality of the work hooks you, smacks you around a bit and then keeps you begging for more.
Daniel Pujol has been teasing the listeners with EP’s, singles and seven inch records for a while now, offering up glimpses into his creative mind. With the first full length LP the window has been thrown wide ass open and everyone is invited to climb on in and join the party. From the first muffled note to the final hum he has delivered a record that is a good listen all the way through making you anxious to hear what the young musician pulls out of his sleeve in the future.