Boy howdy that name is a lot huh? Nothing Is Not A Curse is the new album from a trio of North Carolinian nihilists who go by Nest Egg. They groove hard to a motorik beat and a brick house bass line leaving the top end to turn the psychedelia up as high as you'd expect from anything on the Fuzz Club label.
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I actually almost can’t bring myself to type “motorik” for the millionth time in my existence but phew, there you have it, I pulled it out of the bag. Psychlords, meet Nest Egg, a disciplined rock ‘n’ roll band very much worthy of your Fuzz Club squad. What if Fuzz Club was a football team, though? Would they be in the Champions League? Would they play a defensive set-up? They would pass. It’s all they would do. Just pass it in a circle. Forever.
Nest Egg contrive their sound as something they control and calculate, doing the usual psych rock thing of having a pretty steady rhythm section upon which to languish. But I also love how spooky and strange their surrounding sounds are -- the burrowed vocals, the momentary spark of melody. It sounds like they’re summoning it in a homegrown ritual, invoking a gothic post-punk sound and using bass tones not unfamiliar to the nihilistic spectre of Preoccupations. At times they even go fast enough to make a night of it, thrashing their way through “Denied Doctrine” as if they just remembered that not all rock songs are supposed to self-perpetuate.
It’s best in those moments, where the dynamics get dramatic and someone conducts an audit on their plodding motorik mantra; I love to hear them sleuthing their way into action on the fret-muted “Cognitive Dissonance” before igniting the whole thing with quick, staccato chords and boundless energy. I like the long, jangling distresses of “Nothingness Is Not a Curse” for the same reason -- if the beat got lost in the destruction, we’d have a total winner, but this is a Fuzz Club record we're talking about. Still: a worthy tone poem for the Camus rock brooders out there.
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