Armed with a handful of feral tracks and a slew of blistering performances behind them, punk duo Nova Twins have been leaving an undeniable impression as of late.
Intent on capturing the raw power created by bassist Georgia South and vocalist/guitarist Amy Love, debut full-length ‘Who Are The Girls?’ showcases the power and energy that the duo wields.
Kicking off with ‘Vortex’, sliding bass lines and Love‘s calm vocals build towards clamouring drums and screeching guitars. With Love moving between whispers and rallying cries, the track plays upon dynamics to create a blistering and squealing crescendo to signal the duo’s arrival.
‘Play Fair’ picks up from its predecessor’s abrupt end, with thick slabs of distortion driving the grimey bass lines and scattered guitar notes. Displaying the wide-ranging sonic palette crafted by the two, the track uses Love‘s vocals as an instrument with low notes dominating the pre-chorus. Whilst South‘s roaring and warped bass lines steal the show, the commanding chorus comes close.
With ‘Taxi’ and ‘Bullet’ delivering strong messages with conviction, Nova Twins have not only crafted a defiant and unique sound, but also a record with important narratives that demand to be heard. With lines such as “I’m not asking for it, I know what you want, you ain’t getting none” being spat on the latter track with sincerity, ‘Who Are The Girls?’ separates itself as a debut with its intent.
Displaying a fury throughout, the record still manages to inject groove throughout, with ‘Not My Day’ boasting sliding bass lines alongside chanted chorus and colliding distortion to craft a growling and catchy track. Whilst the majority of the record sits firmly in punk with dub influences, songs like the ballad-esque ‘Ivory Tower’ hint at a different sonic route for the duo.
Closing with the howling ‘Athena’, the record delivers a final blast of distortion, innovate vocal patterns, and sonic battery. Complete with winding bass lines and experimental tendencies crammed under each hook, it ends the explosive record perfectly.
Angry, inventive, and uncompromising, ‘Who Are The Girls?’ is the sound of a duo pushing both boundaries and themselves forward.