Nick Reinhart gets around. The singer-guitarist of L.A.’s Disheveled Cuss has worked with everyone from Death Grips and Best Coast to Portugal. The Man — along with leading his own noisy combo Tera Melos. But on his band’s self-titled debut, he sounds like none of them, opting instead for vintage alt-rock that contains distant echoes of everyone from a more-serious Weezer to a less-eccentric Pavement to a more-restrained Dinosaur Jr. So it turns out that Nick Reinhart doesn’t just get around. When it comes to old-school indie-rock, he gets it. And when it comes to this disc, so should you.
THE PRESS RELEASE: “Disheveled Cuss, the Los Angles-based, Nick Reinhart-helmed band, has announced their debut self-titled LP. Disheveled Cuss is a sonic departure from the technical and ambient music Rienhart has made a career out of as the front man in cult favorites Tera Melos. “Playing music like this is satisfying in a very different way than what I’m used to,” Nick explains. “It’s a rock band playing ‘normal’ songs and in many ways, that’s the least normal thing I’ve done.” Paired with the disparate tastes that lead him to work with Death Grips, Bygones, Best Coast, Portugal. The Man, and more, Disheveled Cuss represents a paradoxical and innovative approach to Nick’s own song writing, yielding a verse-chorus-verse nostalgia. The approach serves as a reminder of the cathartic release experienced when witnessing the full arc of a great, finely honed and relatable album. It seems fitting, then, that the most relatable of topics — love attraction, obsession and the awkward realization of being replaced — plays a central role on Disheveled Cuss. Brokenhearted, perhaps, Nick has crafted a work of poignant exuberance, a melancholy rock classic masquerading as an artifact from his youth.”