When your band takes its name from a Princess Leia quote and goes on to compose the iconic theme music to Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer … yeah, you’re probably a bunch of nerds. Thankfully, Nerf Herder belong to the most lovable caste of intergalactic dweebs, and their attraction to anthemic, three-chord pop punk is born in a desire to have as much low-stakes fun as possible.
And yet! Sometimes these dudes can be weirdly touching and wistful, such as when they’re lamenting the downfall of their favorite rock band (“Van Halen”) or reflecting on their glory days from the vantage point of middle age (“We Opened for Weezer”). There’s nothing elegant about singer/guitarist Parry Gripp’s nasally yawp, but I’ll be damned if it doesn’t do the trick when you need it most.