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Chicago-based band, Vulgar Commons, brought a refreshing blend of styles to the table with their new EP, Nicotine FIngers. Released at the end of October, this 5-track ride takes you on quite the journey.

While rooted in the world of punk, the band pulls elements from indie, post-punk, new wave, garage, and straight-up rock n roll. The end result is a dynamic mix of styles, leaving Vulgar Commons with a catchy set of songs that leaves you wanting to hear more. That's exactly what an EP is supposed to do. We're not sure what the band has planned next, but Nicotine Fingers has served as an awesome introduction to their sound.

As always, we asked the band to give us a brief description of each track from the EP.

  • Country Club: A song about our singer's ex-girlfriend who got wasted at his Grandfather's 90th birthday party and who fell off a table she was dancing on.

  • Nicotine Fingers: A song about suffering from severe obsessive compulsive disorder and depression, as well as the compulsive behaviors that provide temporary relief from the anguish of said mental illnesses.

  • Joanne's the Man: A song inspired by our singer's high school math teacher scolding him for not doing well in math class and instead focusing on music. The title comes from "School of Rock '' when one of the students says to Joan Cusick's uptight character "Ms. Mullins, you're the man”.

  • Premature Gomer: A song about an ex-girlfriend who was already acting like a cynical, embittered person even though she was in her early 20's.

  • That's All: A song about the apocalypse. The phrase "That's all" has three meanings: the end of the world, reassuring oneself in a casual way that whatever's happening is not a big deal (even though it is), and also referring to the song being the last track on the EP.

You can stream the EP in its entirety below. We also added our personal favorite, the title track "Nicotine Fingers", to our Underground Punk playlist on Spotify. If you like what you hear, make sure to follow Vulgar Commons so you can stay on top of what else they have going on.

Vulgar Commons - "Nicotine Fingers EP"


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