Title: Pain EP
Label: NN10 Noise Club
Pain, the latest EP from NAILBREAKER, self-released on April 2nd 2021 on digital platforms, sees them take influence from “my hometown (Rushden, UK), personal life and Black Flag” but as a listener I can hear some similarities to some other punk-meets-hip-hop crossover artists such as Deli Girls, Youth Code and Death Grips to name a few.
On this release, NAILBREAKER embrace harsh noise and distorted vocal textures to sculpt their vital brand of digital hardcore, including beats more familiar in trap to create what they say is “an extended play about pain”.
After the glitch laden opening moments of first track “Look Alive”, the vocals bring a dark tone to the head-nodding rhythms. With vocal lines like “I’m looking forward to death”, “the devil’s breathing down my neck” and “I’ve got a problem with my mental disease”, NAILBREAKER quickly establish a sinister and disturbing atmosphere that they carry throughout the duration of the EP.
Second track “Clowns” sees the continued inclusion of contrasting vocal textures that keep the constant barrage sonically interesting, while “Stockholm State” sees the noise briefly take a back seat letting the gritty vocal passages take the focus, building tension until the huge nasty breakdown (of sorts) takes us into another monologue that this time builds into punkier sounding beats before hitting us with that sweet, sweet noise breakdown all over again.
The anger in this release is so palpable that by the time the wobbling bass of “Three Five Facelift” arrives, it almost sounds euphoric in comparison to the rest of the EP. Final track “Nlbrkr Vs. Nlbrkr” starts with a spoken section that sarcastically jeers at their local area, “I’ll sit in my warm fucking house with NO corpse paint on, because everyone in fucking Northampton is too fucking lame to deal with that shit!”, before the final assault begins, taking the record to its screaming, blast beating conclusion.
Pain is a short, nasty, noise drenched punk hip-hop EP that makes the listener really miss the sort of confrontational live show that NAILBREAKER are known for. If you like any of the acts mentioned above, or if this review has simply piqued your curiosity, I strongly recommend you check out this release.
P.S. Happy Friday with NAILBREAKER 2019’s single below.