NGHBRS - Hellomind EP
Record Label: Unsigned
Release Date: August 17, 2010
The audaciously self-dubbed NGHBRS is a Long Island team that specializes in quirky rock. Hellomind is their debut EP.
How is it?
Modern rock has mostly gone stale, hasn’t it? Bands age and lose creative energy, and these days, the rookies don’t seem to have much creative energy to begin with. But NGHBRS strums a different chord – more accurately, they pound a different chord. They’ve built Hellomind like a bomb, packing it with explosive riffs and sassy vibes fit to soundtrack a weekend shindig. There’s even a track titled “Drinking With Friends,” and they’ve entrusted it with the sauciest guitar line of all. Nothing here is a one-trick pony affair, though. The latter half of the album has a string of mid-tempo rockers, bringing in bluesy keys and mournful break-up atmospheres. “I’ll teach you how to breathe my baby, I’ll teach you how to sleep… I’ll teach you how to once you leave me, I’ll teach you how to break my baby,” howls “Spoon Fed.” It’s the kind of song where the singer is hunched over his piano, shirt unbuttoned and drenched in sweat by the end of it. Then “Hallows” rolls around and he forgets all about his angst and gets caught up in a huge harmonic chorus. That says something about this EP – it may not be all upbeat, but when it is, it’s rampant enough to engross you. When was the last time you could say that about something from this genre?
Just checked out the tracks American Junk and Beautiful Birds based on the review. Both are good, definitely good enough to encourage me to download the whole EP. But I wouldn't go as far to call this "quirky".
Thank you Matthew Tsa,i you just found me a sweet new band to listen to. I was disappointed when Envy On The Coast broke up but this band fills their place brilliantly. I've been playing American Junk every time I get in my car SOTY.