steering clear of the mainstream
since 2001

june 2010

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info opinion

The Nein

Self-titled CDEP

Sonic Unyon

Genres: post-punk, indie rock

Sonic Unyon
PO Box 57347
Jackson Station
Hamilton ON
L8P 4X2

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.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 6 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2004]