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Freakscene: Glasgow Shreds With 'Nae Wave'

By NME Blog

Posted on 26 Oct 09


So finally, it seems, the unhappy lull in British noise rock is on the wane. Leading the pack of the new ear-abusing guard is Glasgow's 'nae wave' scene, a timely Scots update of the early 1980s New York movement that spawned the mighty likes of Sonic Youth, Swans and Teenage Jesus & The Jerks. Two of its gnarly offspring, Divorce and Ultimate Thrush, recently completed their first UK tour together. I managed to get down to their London date at Catch and witness probably the best small gig line-up I've seen this year tear the audience to shreds with their blasts of cacophonous squall.

Divorce are a four-woman, one-man screeching urban nightmare of a band. It's abrasive, menacing and thoroughly thrilling stuff, with an eye on Lydia Lunch's snarling early years as a reference point. Live, the band members alternate between slamming themselves into the crowd and coaxing out blood-curdling guitar squelches from their hard-done-by amps. Their excellent 10” EP somehow breaks all the rules by managing to capture all that intensity in recorded form.

Just as loud and bewilderingly abrasive are Ultimate Thrush, a rosy-cheeked trio that violate the rotting corpse of Scratch Acid in short bursts of visceral, bloody noise. Their maniacal frontman careens through the audience wearing a creepy old-man mask and cape, bellowing at the top of his lungs over the thundering drums and pneumatic guitar riffs of his bandmates. It's a sound that doesn't feel it could possibly be made by only three people, never mind these cherubic-looking youngsters. Their self-titled EP is an equally superb trip into the abyss and can be downloaded free from the Winning Sperm Party website.


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