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Review: Nai Harvest, “Hairball”

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Review: Nai Harvest, “Hairball”

“Nai Harvest is honing in on their strengths with the release of Hairball. They shred. They inspire. They deliver powerful lyrics and great hooks. They have natural talent in spades. This is unsanitized, fuzzy, vigorous power pop wrapped up in an incredibly magnetic package.”

Artist: Nai Harvest

Album: Hairball

Genre: Fuzz Pop / Garage Punk

RIYL: Ty Segall, Pavement, Ride, Swervedriver

Nai Harvest - Hairball

Nai Harvest is the creative - and young - Sheffield, UK duo of guitarist/vocalist Ben Thompson and drummer Lew Currie. They play ‘90s-influenced power punk that begs and borrows elements from grunge, pop and classic rock as they continue to refine their own unique sound and performance style. At times, they feel a couple of decades too late, and others at least a decade in front of their contemporaries. Hairball is a reverb-heavy, fuzzy headtrip full of hooks, unexpected rhythm changes and raw power. This is record that puts the music community on notice that Nai Harvest’s dynamic duo is ready for their closeup.

This duo has spent the better part of the last two years touring and honing their live performance, a well-spent effort that bears potent results with the release of this new record. Hairball is a cohesive, fun, interesting and great record to listen to. It’s a record that will appeal to musicians, critics and most importantly, music fans, from the very first listen. And it’s pretty amazing to hear the number of hooks that seem to pour out of Thompson and Currie with ease; there’s a natural, organic quality to these tracks that shows a maturity and ability beyond their years.

The restless energy of “Sick on My Heart” is one of the first indicators that this record is going to rock your socks off. Not only is the breakneck pace just right, but both Thompson and Currie step handily up to the plate delivering a full sonic experience. “Drinking Bleach” became a quick favorite, the kind of song you pause for and make sure you remember to add to your playlist. “Dive In” and “Gimme Gimme” similarly fall into this category, solid songs that you turn up on blast. “Buttercups” is just a huge sounding song; it’s anthemic and extravagant in its scope and performance. And it’s a dazzling and dizzying display of this duo’s potential. It’s got that thing, that indescribable perfection that stops just short of pretension and delivers on flash and fun. The title track closes the record, a fitting way to wrap with a tune that embodies the quirkiness and power that the previous tracks display.

There’s no question that this duo bears the mark of a breakout band. Nai Harvest is honing in on their strengths with the release of Hairball. They shred. They inspire. They deliver powerful lyrics and great hooks. They have natural talent in spades. This is unsanitized, fuzzy, vigorous power pop wrapped up in an incredibly magnetic package. They ride that line between Britpop and Grunge that has always seemed like an impossibility. They are electric. What are you waiting for? Go listen to this and make it your summer soundtrack. 


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