Obstreperous, meaning noisy and difficult to control, is a big name to saddle an album with. You’ve got to bring the goods if you’re making a statement like that.
Obstreperous is a natural born killer of an album that you really should add to your collection right now.
So, it was with more than a little curiosity that I began listening to NEIN’s debut album.
Opening track, ‘I Don’t Wanna Hear It’ starts out sounding like a frenzied punk version of Use Your Illusion era Guns N’ Roses and then it all just gets even better from there on in. Sandwiched between the opener and the closing track, ‘Prunk’, is a jam-packed array of aural missiles that drive hard but have bags of light and shade. This is an accomplished, dare I say it, polished, debut, but there are more than enough jagged edges in these tunes to do you some sonic damage.
NEIN call their music ‘glungerock’, a mix between glam and grunge. There’s definitely an element of quiet/loud in the songs and arrangements. There’s plenty of rock and an urgency that grabs you by the throat and carries you along on a white-knuckle thrill ride that doesn’t let up until the final bars of the album’s closing track. And after that, you just want to get in line and do it all over again. Obstreperous is a natural born killer of an album that you really should add to your collection right now.
Hailing from sleepy old Perth, happily one of the most isolated metropolises on the planet, NEIN is a four-piece that climbed out of the primordial ooze of WA’s fecund music scene in 2018. Fronted by Kristie Butler, who takes to the stage in skin-tight sparkly spandex and knee-high go-go boots, and aggressively twerks, punches and jumps her way through the band’s performances, NEIN are a refreshing addition to a scene that is all too often strong on the music but fails to deliver performance-wise.
NEIN have it all!
“Obey the rules, dance,” is NEIN’s manifesto. I, for one, would be too afraid to disagree. But, NEIN are just too good to resist, anyways.
Make sure you listen to Obstreperous on high rotation and, when venues open again, put NEIN top of your list of bands you must see once the world has stopped ending.