Introducing the deliciously demented SNIFFANY and her NITS. Clattering, ramshackle pogo punk fronted by the coolly sinister Nurse Sniffany. Is she here to cure you or torture you? Figuring out is half the fun. Infectiously catchy and putridly repulsive at once, this is the vinyl debut from this Brighton / London group featuring members of ARTEFACT, JOANNNA GRUESOME and more. Limited to 400 copies on black vinyl, housed in a full-color Risographed sleeve with a two-sided lyric insert. Recorded by Matt Green. Mastered by Will Killingsworth. Art by Josie Edwards.
Our take: Sniffany & the Nits are from Brighton / London and they play a high-energy combination of straightforward punk and anarcho that fits well on the Thrilling Living label. Like CB Radio Gorgeous, Judy and the Jerks, and Good Throb, Sniffany & the Nits bang out big, catchy punk riffs with a thin and scratchy guitar sound, occasionally speeding up to hardcore tempos, but the ranting, Eve Libertine-esque vocals serve as Sniffany & the Nits’ calling card. It’s hard to say what separates spectacular vocals from mediocre ones, but whatever it is, Sniffany has it. When I was listening to this EP in the living room, my partner poked her head in from the kitchen and said, “what is this? It RULES!” and immediately dialed up their Bandcamp site. The lyrics are also great, each song building an extended metaphor rich with detail. “Spider Husband” is the record’s climax, casting an obedient wife as “a silly little fly” whose titular husband devours and digests her. If you love Good Throb and Cold Meat, you shouldn’t be without this EP, but it deserves way more than just a simple “for fans of…” recommendation.