USA Nails – New Single/Video ‘Am I Man Or Not’ – Released 15th October 2014 – from upcoming album ‘Sonic Moist’?‏

October 16, 2014

USA Nails
Sonic Moist
Smalltown America
17 November 2014

Formed in early 2013 through a mutual love for noise rock, punk and krautrock, USA Nails are gleefully complicit in the resurgent post-punk scene in London.
While they feature among their ranks current and ex-members of Oceansize, Hawk Eyes and DIY punk outfits Silent Front and KONG, the band have embraced a more stripped-down approach, concentrating on mood and energy, in contrast to the more technical style of their former projects. There are clear nods towards the experimentalism of early Sonic Youth, the unrelenting grooves of Neu and the swagger of The Jesus Lizard. The final result has been compared with Loop, The Stooges and Swans, as well as current bands like Pissed Jeans and Destruction Unit.
‘Sonic Moist’ catalogues the first year of the band’s existence. The ethos of not over-thinking the song-writing process was carried through into the recording process, as all songs were tracked live, in a single day last summer. Gareth (guitar): “The creative process is fast, that’s the main difference between this and our other bands I’d say. We write quick and try not to get bogged down on the little details”. Steven’s snotty spoke-sung vocals deliver an often menacing and uncomfortable tone across an array of unpolished, garage-noise riffs and drums. Although firmly rooted in post-punk, the album also traverses krautrock and noise-rock territories, while remaining consistently pissed off.
USA Nails pride themselves on creating their own artwork and videos. The packaging for ‘Sonic Moist’ has been entirely conceived and designed by Matt (drums), and music videos for the album’s title track and ‘Sometimes I’d Rather See It All’ were both made by Steven and Matt respectively. A third video for ‘Am I A Man Or Not?’ was made in collaboration with infamous claymation animator and director Lee Hardcastle, responsible for some of the most grotesque claymation ever committed to celluloid (The ABCs of Death, Ghost Burger, Spook Train and of course Pingu’s The Thing).
USA Nails have secured a number of support slots for the likes of The Wytches, Future of the Left, Tera Melos and Pleasure Leftists among others. They have also made festival appearances at British Wildlife (Leeds) and are booked to play Carefully Planned #4 (Manchester) in October 2014. A UK and Ireland tour is scheduled for Autumn 2014 with mainland Europe dates in early 2015.
RIYL: Jesus Lizard, Swans, Destruction Unit, Neu, The Shitty Limits

Friday 17: The Unicorn, London
Saturday 18: Carefully Planned Festival 2014, Manchester
Friday 24: The Butler, Reading
Saturday 25: JT Soar, Nottingham
Sunday 26: Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
Monday 27: Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Tuesday 28: 13th Note, Glasgow
Wednesday 29: Red Kettle Sessions, Waterford, Ireland
Thursday 30: Fred Zeppelin’s, Cork, Ireland
Friday 31: SECRET SHOW, Derry, Northern Ireland
Saturday 01: Molloy and Dowling Opticians, Dublin, Ireland
Friday 14: Banquet Records, Kingston Upon Thames
Saturday 15: Power Lunches Arts Cafe, London
Saturday 22: Junction Underground, Plymouth
Tuesday 25: The Old Blue Last, London
Friday 28: Cowley Club, Brighton
Saturday 29: Mello Mello, Liverpool
Thursday 04: The Macbeth, London
Saturday 24: TBC, Brighton
Saturday 07: The Stag and Hounds, Bristol
Saturday 14 – Saturday 21: EUROPEAN TOUR

‘Sonic Moist’ is not an easy listen. However for those who like the current wave of post-punk-noise that seems to have surfaced over the past 12 months, it’s an essential listen. In a nutshell it’s abrasive, obnoxious, relentless, and at times damn right brutal.
Music Liberation

You want noise rockin’, post-punkin’, krautrockin’ blasts of guitar fury? These guys have nailed it.
Echoes & Dust

Out of nowhere, USA Nails have created something quite special. ‘Sonic Moist’ is the sleeper hit of the year – ten tracks of twisted, uncomfortable, jarring garage-punk eccentricity fed through the weirdness machine.
Keep It Fast

With stripped back pulsating grooves, riffs and percussion married to a resolutely lo-fi sound, the influences of Neu, Sonic Youth, The Jesus Lizard and the Stooges are all present and correct.
The Mad Mackerel

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