RECORD REVIEW | "TANG" BY NYLON
photo manipulation & text by nacrowe
i recently came across a cassette copy of the TANG (DEFECTIVE TAPES, 2021) EP by local ASBURY PARK INDIE ROCK band NYLON at a record store i frequent in BELMAR. it was suggested to me by the owner of the place based on other past stuff ive gotten from there. with these types of blind purchases it is always a toss up, but ive been lucky in the past to be turned on to some truly great artists (THE GET UP KIDS, DRAB MAJESTY, BROADCAST, YEAH YEAH YEAHS, SWANS and TORI Y MOI for starters) in this manner.
with its SKITTISH, ANGULAR patterns and ENERGETIC, KINETIC, FORWARD-LEANING rhythms that seekingly shift without warning, the TANG EP to my ear has POST PUNK written all over it. this sense of EXTREME dynamics is readily apparent on the PROPULSIVE opening two tracks "NO BOTHER" and "CONGRATULATIONS", which have an almost classic JITTERY GANG OF FOUR or WIRE feel to it. which is a good thing. even though that sort of vibe has been repeated down the line by everyone from ELASTICA to BLOC PARTY to LA VIDA BOHEME, its a sound i appreciate and never tire of so i can look past its apparent DERIVATIVENESS.
as with all good EPs, the experience of listening to it functions as a aperitif, gently nudging the listener to seek out further material. so on that count this a very SUCCESSFUL release as now i am on the hunt for more material by the group including their previous self-distributed digital single and split releases on BANDCAMP. NEW JERSEY's NYLON is definitely a band worth checking out and keeping a future eye on.
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