Nag: Files 7" (new)

Nag: Files 7" (new)


Tags: · 10s · 10s. atlanta · Atlanta · melodic · noisy · punk · recommended
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NAG's second 7" continues where the first left off, down a dark path of anxious fury. The organ intro, into the menacing guitar fray of the A side feels foreboding and sinister. The sonic violence of harnessed noise with nervous, frenetic punk songs clawing through it. For punks who like The Dead C.

Our take: 2nd 7” from this Atlanta band that is a perennial favorite around Sorry State, following a killer demo and a blistering debut 7” on Total Punk. “No Flag” is an interesting choice for the a-side, because its melodies are quite buried in the mix, which shifts the focus to the track’s intense, almost industrial drumbeat. I mean, there’s always been a droned-out, noisy element to Nag’s sound, but usually that’s infused with the dark but poppy melodic sensibility that’s kind of a signature of modern Atlanta punk bands. It’s still an interesting song, but as I noted it’s kind of an odd choice for an a-side. If that track is a little too out there for you, though, the two tracks on the flip are more conventional and are bound to go down easy for anyone who has been into the band’s previous work. “Walls” is an upbeat, melodic track with a pretty manic pogo beat, while the closing song, “Patterns” is brief but, for me, the highlight of the record. While the vocals aren’t super melodic, there’s this absolutely huge melodic guitar hook that sounds like something straight off of the Chameleons’ Script of the Bridge, but darker and noisier. Unfortunately they only play this massive hook once, so it means that I’m constantly running back and forth to the turntable to replay this track. While I’m really enjoying these songs, I’m starting to get a bit antsy for a Nag LP… this band is so multifaceted and able to write such varied yet universally strong songs that I have a feeling when they finally do put out some big vinyl it’s going to be a real knockout. But in the meantime these singles will continue to get a lot of play.