Over the last four years, Olympia-based punk trio Naomi Punk - featuring singer/guitarist Travis Coster, guitarist Neil Gregerson, and drummer Nic Luempert - have been lighting up DIY warehouses and large concert halls alike with their singular brand of mid-tempo, cathartic punk.
Commencing their breakout 2012 debut ‘The Feeling’, Naomi Punk return to the fold with their sophomore record ‘Television Man’, their first for Captured Tracks.
Key fixtures in the Northwest DIY punk scene, Naomi Punk channel a similar energy to their contemporaries (Milk Music, Broken Water, Vexx, Gag) and their fore bearers (Wipers, Dead Moon, Nirvana) while cultivating a body of work and aesthetic that is wholly their own.
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Is that name cool? I can't decide. Remember the late 90s when all the band names were a bit shit? Radiohead started it all with their triple-wank moniker. Well, whatever, like, the music here is quite fine. Minor quibble over.
Not sure quite who they sound like but it's stripped-back guitar and drums garage punk with a deliciously weird progressive twist. I can hear spots of The Wipers and Jay Reatard in there. Then early Shudder To Think in a cardboard box having a cat-fight with Oxes and Lil' Biz's beloved Aussies, Total Control. They've got that psychotic angular edge I really like and aren't afraid of unusual stark post-hardcore-flecked arrangements, lo-fi noodle-ludes or Branca-esque minimalism. Structurally sparse but vivid, spiky and genuinely interesting avant-rock.
To say this awkward, scratchy garage/math/nerd-wave racket is kicked out by just two dudes, they're definitely going in the right direction musically (as opposed to the wrong direction - see: Japandroids, Black Keys, Drenge) Actually, after that particular slew of dreadful names I reckon Naomi Punk is actually quite alright.
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