Some bands I love and some bands I loathe; 9 o’clock Nasty will always be on the former list. If you take a quick gander at our previous reviews, you will probably realise how much I love the group, so it makes sense I was pretty excited to come across their EP Party. Featured on blogs like Sinusoidal Music, The Edgar Allan Poets, The Wild Is Calling, YMX and many others, the UK-based threesome are hypnotising audiences across the globe. Come with me as I dive into their EP Party headfirst without any safety goggles.
Moved by their punk meets grunge cover of Justin Timberlake’s ‘Sexy Back’ (read our review here), I was intrigued to know what else the lads had in store, and they hit the nail with Party. Released in December 2021, 9 o’clock Nasty approached the festive season with a hard-hitting, eyebrow-raising smirk on their faces. Showcasing their versatility and eclecticism, the trio take on an alt-rock tune with tinges of contemporary pop and indie-rock with ‘As The Ship Goes Down’…or something lying between those genres. I don’t know, 9 o’clock is boundary-breaking and I’m merely trying to describe their unforgettable music in some journalistic way.
Only one minute in length, ‘As The Ship Goes Down’ is a fast-paced and upbeat blast before ‘What Time Is Santa?’. With the exception of My Chemical Romance’s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’, I despise Christmas songs; however, 9 o’clock Nasty may change my mind with this track. Adding silvery lashings of sleigh bells and cheery children atop brash, raspy vocals, ‘What Time Is Santa?’ is the eggnog-induced “half-arsed Christmas song ever written”. Who needs those toe-tapping pop-driven songs anyway?
Retaining their controversial themes, 9 o’clock Nasty touches on organised religion in ‘Preach Me Down’. Slow, steady and quite dark, the melody prompts a rather hazy ambience but without being too wistful. The bursts of dynamic guitars blend harmonically with pounding drums and bold vocals. What I love about this song is the desperation and despair oozing from the guitar riffs building into a catchy chorus.
So, here’s what we have: slow, steady and intoxicatingly mind-bending tracks followed by laughter, headbanging and infectious sing-along lyrical poetry. 9 o’clock Nasty’s EP Party is certainly a party, but not one for the kids. Send them to bed, turn up the volume and twirl about with this sensational release…don’t forget the bottle of Smirnoff and lots of mince pies!