Nastie Band - s/t
Nastie Band is polymorphic sleaze seen through double vision. A full moon draped in a cape of jewels, weeping black tears of liberation. A rotating die of haunts, trances and hexes. "I thought it would be funny. It was terrifying." Nastie Band is a multi-headed ghoul who etches the rules on the inside of a coffin lid. Nastie Band isn't.
Sleeping Giant Glossolalia announces the July 26th release of the self-titled debut album by Nastie Band.
"With leather, chains, macabre makeup, and a cast of characters including an 85-year-old vocalist, shirtless twin brothers, and iconic keyboard player Roddy Bottum (Faith No More, Imperial Teen), Nastie Band is one of New York City's most thrilling spectacles.
The sound: spine-chilling dirges, for fans of the creepiest depths of Khanate or Thrones or Confessor. The album opens and closes with songs featuring octogenarian Chris Kachulis' croon – a damaged, pining voice, in the spirit of the late Scott Walker. Fans of early electronic music know Kachulis as a collaborator of Bruce Haack; he sang on Haack's 1970 album, The Electric Lucifer, among other things.
"I've often stopped and wondered why I appeal to men / Men cluster to me like moths around a flame / And if their wings get burned I am not to blame," he intones maniacally on Nastie Band's first track.
Over seven songs, the band descends deep into dungeon atmospherics and minimalist metal, punctuated by Bottum's icy, signature synths. From the hypnotic throb of "Shapeshift," to the battle march of "Circle of Knives," to the dance-terror of "Relapse," Nastie Band's art-doom crackles with the type of danger, darkness, and drama that once defined New York City.
Revolver Magazine calls it, “Mind-melting destruction delivered at a lumbering, sinister pace... An incorporeal call to revelry."