“Pictures On My Wall” by Nervous Patterns
Jay Reatard would sometimes do acoustic sets when he was touring. Yes, Punk has an acoustic side—just look at Stza Crack’s acoustic shows, or Folk Punk bands like Andrew Jackson Jihad, The Casual Terrorist, Ghost Mice, and Defiance, Ohio. What you’re listening to right now isn’t an acoustic track, of course, but I bring this up because this song is surprisingly… well, maybe “gentle” isn’t the word for it, but my point is that Jay Reatard could get under your skin without screaming or assaulting you with feedback. Take this track, for example, which he recorded with Alicja Trout (from Lost Sounds) under the moniker Nervous Patterns. It’s amazing what you can accomplish with a simple melody and emotional directness.