Weerd Science: Friends And Nervous Breakdowns

Weerd Science
Friends And Nervous Breakdowns
(Super Rap)

Josh Eppard, aka Weerd Science, is also known as the drummer for Coheed and Cambria. Here he drops the drumsticks and picks up the mic, and there’s definitely some good stuff on this album – nicely produced tracks and some witty, foul-mouthed, and occasionally extremely fast rapping on top.

As you’d expect, the rhythms are tight and clean, while the loops are spiced up with martial drumbeats, wriggly guitar licks, live bass, weird keyboard sounds and sound effects from simulated gunfire to the sound of soda cans popping open in the archly sarcastic “God Bless Pepsi.” Sarcasm and cynicism are pretty much key ingredients of what Eppard has to say – much like Eminem, his lyrical preoccupations are his poor-white-boy upbringing, bullying at school and adult alienation. He labels himself a “white trash slob,” muses self-pityingly that he’d have “had a record deal if I was black,” and says he’s “been laughed at for rapping ever since I was a little coward.” In the track “Ordinary Joe,” Eppard even sounds a bit like Em, using a monotonous rapping style and self-deprecating style.

Elsewhere, the style is confrontational, no more so than on the sickest cut here, “Girl, Your Baby’s Worm Food.” And I mean sick as in yucky, not as in cool. The song’s a warning to a girl who’s pregnant by one of Eppard’s friends – reckoning that his homie doesn’t need the hassle of supporting a child, the rapper’s offering to take a baseball bat to her stomach. Now I know that hip-hop is hardly known for its progressive feminist ideals, but this song’s just gross, without the saving grace of humor.

Although it has to be said that Eppard’s bile isn’t just reserved for the ladies, as the album’s basically a series of vitriolic attacks on his friends (“Super Friends”), the music industry (“Fuck You & Your Filthy A&R Dept”) and the world in general (“My War, Your Problem”). In places it’s wry and funny, in others just tired and grating.