“We don’t call ourselves rock or grime,” says 19-year-old bassist Georgia South, although Nova Twins’ music combines both. “It’s the 21st century, everyone’s mutating now. Girls who listen to pop music will have ripped jeans on.” “We’re a 21st century band,” adds singer and guitarist Amy Love, “of this era.”
Hit a Nova Twins gig and you’re caught in the middle of a crossover riot. Georgia’s punishing basslines and Amy’s visceral howls reflect the full-frontal punk attack of Skunk Anansie and Sleigh Bells, yet their streetwise themes and tongue-tripping rhythms align them with the south-London grime scene too.
So, while a track like ‘Hitlist’ bristles with grime braggadocio (“The writing on the wall, you know that my name’s on it”), ‘Wave’ tackles the Snapchat generation’s lack of attention span and ‘Twitch’ addresses mental health issues like a young, double-headed Henry Rollins. Nova Twins are turning the dial. The mutants are coming, and they’re loud and they’re hungry. Mark Beaumont
Nova Twins will be playing at NME presents: Future Sounds of London on 30 Oct at Boxpark Croydon. To be in with a chance of bagging yourself a pair of free tickets, sign up at nme.com/tickets
Amy (left) wears: Mesh top, £28, Light Before Dark at Urban Outfitters. Red top, £25, Fila at Urban Outfitters. Jeans, £38, Topshop. Shoes, £72, Underground. Sunglasses, £465, Linda Farrow. Jewellery, from a selection at Freedom at Topshop
Georgia wears: Jacket, £460, MM6 at Urban Outfitters. Top, £85, Perfect Moment. Trousers, £293, Marcelo Burlon. Shoes, £95, Unif. Necklace, £15, ASOS. Sunglasses, £465, Linda Farrow
Georgia (left) wears: Jacket, £495, Christopher Raeburn. Skirt, £39, BDG at Urban Outfitters. Sunglasses, £465, Linda Farrow. Tights, stylist’s own
Amy wears: Jumper, £48, Shorts, £28, both River Island. Sunglasses, £465, Linda Farrow. Tights, stylist’s own
Amy (sitting on wall) wears: Jacket, £554, Marcelo Burlon. Trousers, £39, Topshop. Shoes, £130, Dr Martens at Schuh. Sunglasses, £465, Linda Farrow
Georgia wears: Mesh top, £35, River Island. Bra top, £30, Calvin Klein. Trousers, £39, Light Before Dark at Urban Outfitters. Choker, £15, ASOS. Earrings, £7, Freedom at Topshop
Best track ‘Hitlist’
Formula One basslines, Rage Against The Machine intensity and plenty of self-aggrandisement make for a hefty urban punk sniper bullet to the forehead.
Like this? Try this!: Daisy Chainsaw – ‘Eleventeen’ (1992)
Most noted for brilliantly rabid single ‘Love Your Money’ and singer Katie Jane Garside’s way of drilling holes in dolls’ heads onstage.