Sciatic Nerve – s/t (Gunner Records / Anxious & Angry 2017)

So these guys have been getting an amount of hype recently, and I’ve been given an opportunity to check them out… Obviously I was gonna be interested as we’ve got ex-members of bands such as Nothington, Western Addiction and Swingin’ Utters. This should, in principle be pretty good, right?

It’s… well… this is just bizarre. I feel like I’m meant to like this. I mean, the songs have some pretty solid component parts (there’s some nice riffs and drum parts for starters) when looked at in isolation from each other, but when they are put together, it just sounds fucking ugly. And not in a good way. Not in a brutal way. It’s slipshod sounding. The majority of the songs don’t feel like they have a middle or an end. I’d guess they are going for that PEARS style of song writing maybe? It kind of sounds more like the more straight forward songs of A Wilhelm Scream with the good parts stripped out crossed with F-Minus. Not cool, man.

The choruses (where they’ve actually bothered to include one) are lack lustre and not all memorable. The vocal delivery is, I think is meant to sound like Jason Shevchuk (of Kid Dynamite / None More Black / La Grecia etc.) or maybe Scott Freeman from Shook Ones (who – face it – is basically imitating Shevchuk anyway) – but it just sounds like somebody ragging their nails down a sodding chalk board. It’s excruciating.

Don’t get me wrong, and I’ve said this before elsewhere, I do not set out to piss on anybody’s chips. I do not want to sit here and slag stuff off for the sake of it. I want to hear new music and I want it to be good. I want to feel enthused. I want to hear something I can relate to. This just ain’t it. Just wanted to make that clear before anybody starts getting pissy. I wanted to like this, but in my opinion, it just don’t got the chops, mate.

Tony of Nurgle rating: 3/10

Obviously, you should go and check it out for yourself and form your own opinion, so I’m including the bandcamp player below:

You can order this in the EU / UK from Gunner Records
You can order this in the US / Canada from Anxious & Angry

Tony of Nurgle is a true child of the North, currently living in exile in Croydon, South East London. He used to co-run a specialist record store in Manchester (Roadkill Records), and also spent a couple of years as a promoter, and put on shows for the likes of Leatherface, the Loved Ones, Lucero, Minus The Bear, These Arms Are Snakes, Spy vs Spy, Latterman etc. He also spent several years DJing at shady rock clubs in Manchester, and started the infamous Thursday night “punk room” at Jilly’s Rockworld. Also responsible for Middle Finger Response, and collaborated with a couple of friends on a monthly night called Refuse to Lose, which will still occasionally reunite the original DJ line-up – hopefully in the not too distant future.
Apart from that, it’s all bitterness and a jaundiced view of human nature, rarely skateboarding, often reading books with maps in the front.

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