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Author: Emily Zemler
9/30/11 | MTVhive.com | www.mtvhive.com | Feature
This fall, PUJOL, the brainchild of musician Daniel Pujol, will release his seven-song EP Nasty, Brutish, and Short _ technically the artist's 10th release in two years when you consider all the EPs and singles he's offered up on a multitude of labels. "'Mayday' was specifically inspired by, and written for, my friend Richard Houston," Pujol says of the EP's lead track. "To me, he is essentially the antithesis of anti-intellectualism, and places the virtues of deliberation over just arguing about absolute phunkiness. He is enriched by difference, he thrives on compromise, and he conveys bettering himself as being 'bad ass.' He will not concede, yet he is not reactionary." Such is the mood Pujol sets with this brash number, a rousing rock song that embraces a raw punk quality. "I love to hear you speak/ because I dig the things you say," Pujol howls over guitar riffs that sound as though they were captured on a tape recorder in one take. With this much energy and dedication, we're thinking "Love Song For Richard Houston" could've been just as good a title. Nasty, Brutish and Short is out October 18 via Saddle Creek. We're not sure what that means, but we like it.
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