“Nihilism is Nothing to Worry About” is, indeed, a funny title for a record, and 1986 follows up immediately with the repeated line of opener “Laughing,” in which singer Giorgio Angelini asks over and over again “Do you see me laughing?” A rock record from start to finish, “Nihilism” benefits with producer Mark Deutron of The Melvins, and the three-piece offer memorable hooks inside heavily distorted guitars and Screaming Trees-like Pacific Northwest rock ‘n’ roll (this one’s from Texas, however). Angelini hides his voice a bit behind some light-fuzz distortion, and while that would get annoying after a while with some bands, it works here, as it seems totally appropriate. The reverb- and delay-doused guitar solo on “I Know” fits perfectly in the middle of the record, like a mountain peak dotted with snow. (Tom Lynch)
August 19 at Subterranean.