PUJOL, United States Of Being

Ian Cohen

By Ian Cohen

on 07.11.12 in Reviews
A subtle spin on “roots” music

Beer-fueled garage rock played loud, fast and always hook-filled, The United States of Being serves as an apt title for Daniel Pujol’s debut. It’s the kind of stuff that could come from anywhere in America in the past 30 years, but Saddle Creek’s first Nashville act honors the label’s legacy by putting its own subtle spin on what’s essentially “roots” music to people of a certain age, starting with Pujol’s Bon Scott-in-Superchunk sneer and extending to smartass quirks like top-shelf Simpsons references (“Reverse Vampire”) and ending a snotty punk rave-up called “Made Of Money” by spelling out “associative meaning.”