When Naomi Punk’s debut LP The Feeling came out in Spring 2012 on Couple Skate records, it felt new and unpretentious. Not in the sense that it was without influence. There’s plenty to pick apart in their music. The band isn’t afraid of writing pop songs, the same way other bands like Sonic Youth and Nirvana would draw out huge hooks from dissonance — but their sound is very much their own. Though they initially began as a collage project, and their website is little more than a couple images, a list of some bands they like, and contact info, Naomi Punk, are, at heart, a trio that just wants to make good songs.
Together, Travis Coster (23), Neil Gregerson (20) and Nicolas Luempert (20) carefully construct perfect, wild rock songs that feel sentimental, like they took Kate Bush’s sonic imprint and complex melodies and constructed fuzzed out rock around them. Luempert’s drums tumble and pound, but still leave plenty of room for empty space, allowing Gregerson and Coster to conjure up these hooky, almost primitive, guitar lines that sound so obvious it seems like everyone should be imitating them. But they’re not, and through a rigorous series of tours over the last three years, Naomi Punk has developed a devoted following. It’s no surprise either, tracks like “Voodoo Trust” sneak up on you. It burrows into your brain — the chorus knocking around your ears way before you even figure out what they’re singing. Considering the way the music world is today, you’d expect a bunch of young Seattle dudes to get extra weird, if only because they can, but Naomi Punk take a different route, constructing brawny, anthemic rock songs that’ll make every kid that hears them want to start their own band, if even half of them are this good, music will be in a pretty great place.
“If you are in a rock band in 2012, it often feels like the best possible goal you could have for yourself is figuring out how to translate all your energy and emotion into every song you release in a sort of whatever-minute cathartic release of angst and anger and/or happiness or whatever else. Naomi Punk are great at this.” – The FADER.
Tracklist: Voodoo Trust / The Spell / CLS + Death Junket / Trashworld / Burned Body / Gentle Movement Toward Sensual Liberation / The Feeling / Eon Of Love / The Buzz
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