Nova State – Fucking Raining

From listening to Nova State’s Alcohol/Millionaire EP, it is clear that they have some particular influences that the band are utilising in a fresh way. The guitar tone on the some what sinister ‘Fucking Raining’ is reminiscent of the sound you’d hear on an early White Stripes record, and their ability to repeat phrases, see their ‘Millionaire’, for emphasis in their choruses can even harken back to some early post-punk bands. But what is most apparent, and frankly more important, is the variety of original ideas in their songs.

Though the lyrics can be simple, the vocalist has a great cockney-esque vocal tone that not only adds depth the words but also engages the listener in an exciting manner. The guitar break on ‘Alcohol’ is unsettling in nature and time frame, which gives the song a whole new dimension in terms of creating atmosphere.

The bass lines could be brought up more in the mix, particularly in places to really give you something to bite onto, perhaps on the more apocalyptic numbers ergo ‘Fucking Raining’. But that’s a minor detail.

Overall, Nova State are creating some really rhythmic, sometimes dark, material; lyrically, often covering areas that aren’t often heard in music, which is refreshing. If the band carries on in the same stead that they have, I believe that they will quickly be berated with a devoted fanbase.

Words by Harvey Dent

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