Dust is the latest release from British alt-rock band 9 o’clock Nasty, coming back to the blog after “Growl“. The EP is just the perfect dose of hard-hitting rock that is not afraid to get dirty and pull no punches mixed with lyrical craziness just to scratch that itch that lives inside of us. 9 o’clock Nasty is able to explore different musical ideas in a well-crafted, three song package. Each of them flirt with different types of styles, sounds and themes, while always being unique and fun in their own way.
The first track of the EP “Say no to Funk” is able to hook up the listener from its very first seconds with its bass/guitar/keyboard hook. The hook was born during idle moments in rehearsals which the band was able to polish throughout the years, leaving us with what we can hear today. The hook bounces from the bass to the guitar onto the keyboard, which allows it to never go stale each time it reappears, each time even more powerful than before. 9 o’clock Nasty retains their famous sense of humour with the lyrics, as they invite the listener to say no to funk. Simple, yet extremely catchy, “Say no to Funk” leaves a very high expectation of what will come next.
“If They Won’t Eat Beef” is a hard rock anthem that blows the energy from the first track to the max. The distorted guitars and the vocals are recorded in a way that makes us recall the high energy from underground live shows. It all seems grand, and yet tight. Each of the sounds sounds exactly where it needs to sound, each beat falls exactly where it needs to fall: from the guitar hook, the loud bass, the hard drums and the loud vocals. 9 o’clock Nasty is able to go all out, reaching the sweet spot in just under two minutes.
The last track of the album is the calmer “Last Chance”. The song began as a bass line from which the band began to improvise the lyrics of a lover giving their partner a last chance to go back to them in an effort to convince them to stay:
The song deals with that crucial moment at the end of a breakup, where you find yourself saying things that you know are stupid and are not “you” – when you make demands from the heart that you know cannot be met but you just do it anyway. -9 o’clock Nasty
The bass and the drums tie up the sounds of “Last Chance” as the xylophone and the guitar make occasional interventions. The vocals sing in a calm yet strange, demeanor. As such, the sound of the track is haunting, leaving us in awe.
Dust is a short yet tightly packed with many ideas. 9 o’clock Nasty makes short direct tracks that never overstay their welcome. Yet, the tracks from this EP are full of energy and punch that make us want to listen to them just as they end. 9 o’clock Nasty’s next project is the album Catch Nasty. If Dust is any indication, it sure will be a banger!
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