Nice Nice – Extra Wow

Lives up to its title. Very very nice nice.

They’ve been gigging and recording for nigh on ten years now, but ‘Extra Wow’, their first album for Warp, is also the first that’s likely to make a dent on the mainstream.

A good thing too, as this is pretty damn impressive. There are echoes of other experimental noise-rock types: HEALTH and Liars, plus label-mates Battles. But there’s more going on here than just reverb and distortion. ‘On And On’ cruises along a propulsive motorik beat, ‘Make It Gold’ builds into an intense shamanic drone, and there’s a curious dubby skank to the aptly named ‘Big Bounce’.

More than just the sum of its influences, ‘Extra Wow’ lives up to its title. Very very nice nice.


Words by Will Salmon

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