Native Nod
Today Puberty, Tomorrow the World


4.5
superb

Review

by whiteminority USER (1 Reviews)
June 21st, 2006 | 19 replies | 5,313 views


Release Date: 1996 | Tracklist


1 of 1 thought this review was well written

These days emo has taken on some wild identities, from the chaos of the screamo bands Pg. 99, Circle Takes the Square, and Orchid to the false pop mainstream of Hawthorne Heights and Underoath. Though there are some discrepencies between the different styles, Emo has become a pretty strong-based music with a plethora of bands to choose from, however back in the early '90s this was nowhere near the case. The genre was still finding its footing and starting to walk. Most of the bands back then came and went without much besides a couple limited 7"s and a tack or two on a compilation, some of those bands did not break this rule but with those few songs signaled of changes to come.

One of these bands is Native Nod, they have 3 7"s and a cut on a rare compilation, all of which are hard to track down. However, in '96 Gern Blandsten records released Today Puberty, Tommorow the World released those 9 tracks onto one compact disc. These songs precursed the schizophrenic bastard child of Emo to come later on known as screamo, with dynamic musical subtleties and spoken along with screamed vocals, which is one of the most aped vocal deliveries in the scene currently, that portrayed at many times emotional breakdown and a longing to understand just what the hell is going on. I will not get into a track by track review as I feel to fully appreciate Today Puberty, Tommorow the World one must listen to the album beginning to end. Mostly the songs are about personal and social problems which nowadays is cliche but is powerful as presented here. There is also a few songs that deal with the bands political views which though not unheard of at the time is somewhat surprising as the most notable song of this sort by Native Nod is also probaly the most notable musically as well displaying Jazz, Garage, and Noise-rock influences, that song is Mr President. The band made a few of the songs into complete epics with seperate acts, buildups, a climax, and slight letdown. This was not, however, post-rock type buildup, as much of the music is the same just intensified and desperate. Overall impressive musical thought adapting limited overall playing skills.

All in all Native Nod was a great band who ended too soon. Today Puberty, Tommorow the World is a great compilation of all of a great band's works able to stand up there with other great discographies such as Analphabatology, End on End, and Minor Threat's Complete Discography. Reccomended to anyone who wants to discover the roots of Emo and an amazing band overall.

Some stellar tracks: Mr President, Tangled, High Tide in Alaska


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deadohiosky9
June 21st 2006



6 Comments


Good review, it would be better if you didn't use the disgusting term "screamo".

This band rules though, everyone should appreciate Native Nod.

whiteminority
June 21st 2006



74 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks it is my first review.

Currently jamming these songs.

RandyfromPennywise
June 21st 2006



752 Comments


Hey dude nice, but edit your review and add in paragraphs, it makes it much more aesthetically pleasing. One thing on content, you haven't really discussed any of the songs individually at all, and I know you didn't want to do a track-by-track (and props for that) but you need to mention a few stand-out tracks and why they are better than the rest at a minimum. If you can add that in, it'd be a very good first review. This Message Edited On 06.21.06

RandyfromPennywise
June 21st 2006



752 Comments


Well you don't have to but it would be nice to ditinguish the 25-30 minutes of music from one another, prefereably with some sections (i.e. songs) being recognised as better than others. Gerenally most albums have songs which are better than the rest.

whiteminority
June 21st 2006



74 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Edited in.

RandyfromPennywise
June 21st 2006



752 Comments


:thumb: Yeah the paragraphs help a lot too. Here's to many more reviews from you.

711
June 21st 2006



1342 Comments


Ive actually never heard of this band before. But the review was very good, Ill check em out

whiteminority
June 21st 2006



74 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Band is somewhat obscure, so you aren't the only one who hasn't heard of Native Nod.

Thanks for the props.

Zebra
Moderator
August 9th 2007



2647 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love this, at least more then most early 90's "emo" albums.

The Jungler
January 9th 2008



4827 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this album is as good as the title is bad.
I can't decided what to rate it yet.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
March 9th 2008



3995 Comments


And in case you don't have this album: http://deekmedia.wordpress.com/2008/03/04/native-nod-today-puberty-tomorrow-the-world-1996/

flamethisuser
May 3rd 2008



395 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Been listening to this album a lot recently, and really enjoying it.

Best tracks: Bread, Tangled

natey
May 4th 2009



4170 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Just stumbled across this on my computer with no idea what it was. What a wonderful surprise.

demigod!
July 2nd 2011



43891 Comments


great album

Digging: Black Flag - My War

demigod!
November 14th 2012



43891 Comments


this album needs more love

pretty ahead of its time really

demigod!
March 26th 2013



43891 Comments


agreed

Mendross
August 29th 2013



369 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Indeed, needs way more love.

demigod!
August 29th 2013



43891 Comments


so much more honest than today's emo bands

Mendross
August 29th 2013



369 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

let my legs shake me sleep
and don't wake me
when i sweat in my sheets



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