Genres: post-punk, indie rock
PO Box 57347
Feb 28 - Mar 6 2005
Sonic Unyon indie rockers The Nein play jerky, post-punk
influenced music that takes as many cues from The Fall as it
does from The Pixes and Archers of Loaf.
"Handout" and "War is on the Stereo" are the two
standouts here; they both boast strong melodies held together by
tense, raunchy song structures. The rhythms are relentless and
the guitar playing is intentionally gritty. The band's Jawbox
influences come through overtly on "House Atreides," though
it's the more experimental, structurally-loose "Giorgio"
that really grabs the listener's attention and holds on. The
droning, keyboard-drenched "Clearwater" is also a bit of a
departure for the band, though its unique hushedness isn't entirely
successful. I'm going to regret saying something so lame, but regardless:
don't say nein to The Nein.
6 tracks, distributed by the
label, released 2004]