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- Nig-Heist by Nig-Heist
9/10 Mike Staff review, 25 August 2011
Nig Heist were a band comprised of road crew and hangers on from Black Flag's touring party, led by roadie and SST co-owner Mugger, who used their sexist and confrontational songs to antagonise the scene for a cheap laugh. Their purposefully distasteful and explicit lyrics often got them into trouble among people who weren't in on the joke, and when the 'Flag bassist Kira Roessler played with them live she'd be hidden behind a curtain while a man onstage pretended to play bass so as not to dilute the antagonistic aspect of their act. Here we've got an LP with all of their studio material together on one disc, accompanied by a collection of live cuts compiled by Henry Rollins that runs to over 70 minutes! Musically this ranges from sloppy and slow '80s hardcore to more raging stuff to some more experimental noise moments. Greg Ginn plays some guitar on here apparently...I don't think it's on the whole album but he's got a co-writing credit on the first track. There's shades of 'Flag throughout but I guess that's inevitable given that they were very much part of that world. I guess comparisons with GG Allin are pretty unavoidable here too but I'd say that musically this is a bit more interesting, and there's enough moments that sound really accomplished and tight that the sloppiness comes across as a stylistic thing. There's weird jazzy moments interspersed here as well that are totally freaky and cool. Honestly there were a lot of first-wave hardcore bands who took themselves twice this seriously and sounded half this good. The Rollins-compiled live CD that comes with it has decent sound quality and loads of quality inter-song banter. Hank's done a good job here. Its wilful grossness can be a bit jarring sometimes and if you're a feminist crusader you might not find a lot to like here...but if you've got a sense of humour and a taste for Black Flag and an interest in '80s hardcore in general this is a pretty essential release.
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