Described as eccentric, eclectic and memorable, UK-based garage-rock band 9 o’clock Nasty is a damn fine force of nature. From their gruff rawness to the floor-stomping haunting, Ted, Pete and Sydd are impossible to define let alone review…I’ll try my best. Along with their critical acclaim on sites like Roadie Music, Edgar Allan Poets, Indie O’Clock, Sinusoidal Music, Rock Era Magazine and numerous playlists, the lads are building a strong following across the globe. We spoke with the threesome about their EP Politic but here is what we really think of the release.
Following the highly amusing and entertaining EP Party (read our review here), 9 o’clock Nasty begin 2022 with a hard-hitting bang. Opening with the toe-tapping track ‘King Thing’, the trio immediately merge elements of punk, indie-rock and grunge with their own special flavour. Head-bopping and foot-stomping you can easily become lost in the kaleidoscopic soundscape; however, while there is a modern-day mix in the song, ‘King Thing’ also leans toward old-school rock sounds from the 80s. The kaleidoscopic soundscape incorporates light-hearted lyricism, various styles and a powerful beat ensuring the musicians are not to be pigeon-holed.
Moving from the guitar-driven ‘King Thing’ to the pounding drums of ‘Get Into Them, Pt 1’, 9 o’clock Nasty drags you from smoothness to obscure grittiness. Brash, brusque and to the point, this track hits you right between the eyes with its brutal rawness. Think Sex Pistols but with more urgency and you might have a clue what ‘Get Into Them, Pt 1’ sounds like. Move along and you find yourself still “getting into them” but to a more rock and roll style in ‘Get Into Them, Pt 2’ highlighting the group’s versatility and innovation.
So, the sounds are great and the melodies sensational, what else is there? The lyricism. Not ones to avoid controversial topics, 9 o’clock Nasty provide a “blueprint for revolution” in Politic and you will listen! The thing is, as profound as 9 o’clock Nasty is they remain charmingly light-hearted. In their interview with us, the band shared that their plan was to “become more famous than Coldplay and erase the misery of mewling faux indie music from the collective consciousness”. Given their releases, I foresee the heart-pumping trio reaching their goal in the very near future.