These are from Newcastle, Australia but their sound is not unlike the rainy stink you might have thought come from a pre-makeover Newcastle, England. They play a very intense form of sludgy rock which reminds me of their fellow countrymen the Birthday Party and endless churners Swans. Over torrential guitars lyrics are spat out at the listener, not for the fainthearted.
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Sludge on a 7”! It’s the new love in an elevator. This short ‘n’ sweet but slow and sturdy record comes from the Newcastle of down under, where Nailhouse have endeavoured to make an unhinged piece of slow punk that’s economical on the process but big on the final result. Uncompromisingly straight-and-narrow chord sequences meld with twanging metal riffs, drumbeats both hissing and pounding, plus vocal skramz as distraught as they come. It is the sound of broken exclamation marks.
Nailhouse go a little more formless, at times, or just slow the pace ‘til you feel like nothing’s doing. “Hit Me”, with its slumbering riffs and elastic bass, becomes a centrepiece for a lot of yelling and naysaying, echoing the sound of the Birthday Party if they had less urgency and more nearby sofas to fall back onto. The record rides by on this exchange of energy and exhaustion, always raucous but sometimes on borrowed time. It’s a fun fatigue.
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