Nectar are an Australian post-punk outfit of Fremantle and they’ve finally put their noise down on record.
Recorded over a weekend by Jordan Shakespeare (Moist Oyster) and mastered by Mike Young (Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Total Control) The Self-titled EP is the bands first official release .
Laith Tierney talks to Jacob O’Leary, guitarist and vocalist
“I guess it’s just some sort of soul scream, really,” says Jacob about his experience writing music. “You start to change as a person when you begin showing people something you’ve created. I find when performing is going right, the world either completely floods inside of you as if suns are beneath, or abandons you to a tranquil numbness.”
And it’s little wonder their souls were screaming after the road to recording was mired by a great fire which saw their car, loaded with all their amps and instruments, burst into flames one night.
“We lost everything we owned. It was actually lucky that Dillon’s house didn’t go up as well. I remember getting a phone call from Dillon at about seven or eight in the morning, I think I just started sweating and pulling my hair out.”
However, given the dramatic sound this band puts out – you’d be forgiven for suspecting they might have lit the match themselves, as some kind of artistic statement. You’ll find them somewhere between Self-destruction and despair, flip-flopping between harrowing, hostile and hideous vocal deliveries and guitar sounds made famous by all your favourite heroin junkies. Nectar might be the closest thing to a goth band in Australia. In case you can’t tell, I find these qualities endearing and what makes them one of the most interesting acts in W.A right now.
I think the reason I enjoy Nectar so much is because I can tell they have bloody good taste in music. My suspicions were confirmed when I asked Jacob outright what band and albums he was inspired by.
“Television’s Marquee Moon is a masterpiece. I was given that album by an old guitar teacher when I was about sixteen. That album really transformed me in some sort of way.
Let Love In by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds is another. That album’s playing time seems to stop mattering and my imagination runs wild.
And I can’t not mention Psychocandy by The Jesus and Mary Chain, I’ve listened to that album at least once a day for the past three or four years.
Galaxie 500, Cocteau Twins, Modern Lovers, The Fall”
If you are reading this article and you haven’t heard of those bands, you’d do well to remedy your situation. I should point out though, while you may find their sound quite similar to Nick Cave or Jesus and Marychain (and it is), this is in no way detraction. Thank fuck someone is keeping these sounds alive. I’m going to have to make some more comparisons along the way too.
Turn on the TV gets the party started and it’s everything you love about Killing Joke, The Birthday Party and The Fall in one song. That’s some high praise.
It’s a strong opener and I could easily stand to hear them knock out a bunch more like it. Symbol & Honeyman are both fuckin’ great and if were back in 88′, you could imagine Nectar might of fit in nicely with bands like Lubricated Goat, King Snake Roost and had a shot on a label like Black Eye. Be wise move for them to hit up Spooky Records right now though. good fit. This Time Away might be the one that loses some people, being the most melancholy of the bunch, but I don’t think they should give up on songs like these because if they hit the brilliance of Rowland S. Howard’s or Jesus n Mary Chain, we’d be in for a real treat.
I’m sure every artist would prefer to think of themselves as completely unique and one of a kind, not fitting into any genre or reminiscent of anyone before them – and who the fuck knows, maybe Nectar are mere weeks away from cracking the formula of “the new sound”. But let me give you an example of how comparison can be useful. Several months back, I got a message from a friend that told me I would love Nectar. I booked them for a gig a few months later and sure enough thought they were great, been keeping tabs on them since.
Do yourself a favour, buy this record and go see these guys live. You’re either going to discover something completely new that’ll open up a whole new world for you..or you’re gonna find all the things you love about your old favourites in something new and extremely promising.
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