Nyah Fearties released this scraggy old thing in 1986, and it has been a secret jewel of the Glasgow underground music scene ever since. The Nyah Fearties sound is kind of Celtic-folk via post-punk and (genuinely) industrial percussion. All very Scottish. Now a proper full vinyl reissue, thanks to the Good Energy label!
Limited Vinyl LP £15.99
LP on Good Energy. Limited edition of 300 copies + A4 risograph sleevenotes.
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First time I listened through this I liked it. Nyah Fearties have an energy so endearingly shambolic that that was the least they could ask for me. A couple days later, listening to A Tasty Heidfu’ for the fifth time in a row, I loved it.
The Scottish band were active through most of the 80s and the early 90s. Very happily for me Good Energy have given this, their debut, its first vinyl release since its first release. Happily because this is not the sort of album I would have found otherwise. Happily because it would never occur to me to go hunting for 80s Scottish post-punk/punk/industrial(?)/folk. Happily because I would not have anticipated how utterly captivated I’ve become by the Wiseman brothers and their (I mean this) genius.
The eight songs here are built on a booted leg, poking out of a kilt, stomping. That leg is joined by a guitar, a banjo, a violin, all being strummed for dear life. And on the occasion that the stomp wasn’t enough, percussion made of whatever the band could get their hands on. Finally the vocals. The rugged, raw and untamed vocals. Sarcastic snarls transform into earnest and slightly off falsetto and the Fearties have discovered the quickest way to get me to believe in a band. And best of all are when the brothers harmonise, together their voices showing us how we can love our home without forgetting its flaws. Without forgetting the cynicism of politicians (‘Red Roller’) and of institutionalised religion (‘Hallelujah’). Without forgetting ‘Rantin’ Robbie’. And definitely, without forgetting Nyah Fearties.
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