[cassette corner] Lube’s gritty sound rocks and rules


There's something dirty and raw about Allston's new band LUBE that rubs me the right way. LUBE is somewhat of a family affair -- comprised of brothers Andrew and Garrett Nordstrom, and joined by drummer Justin Rizzo. The three ex-FROGBALL members have shed their party-punk sound and silliness for something grittier, darker and much more rock n' roll. The familial theme doesn't end with the members' shared DNA; the band just released two new songs online titled "Doing Drugs with Dad" and "Making Bombs with Mom" proving that parents know how to party, too.

Their first release, a self titled 12-minute demo, was recorded with a 4-track named "Mr. Fart." Distorted vocals and addictive guitar riffs make the demo a must listen even if track titles like "Lice" and "Unscratchable Itch" suggest staying away. To get your hands on a copy of their demo email LUBE at

For more modern folk who don't own cassette players you can download and listen to their demo online for free on their Bandcamp page.


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