The Noise & The Naïve “Inside Me Ten Thousand Men Ten Filthy Curs” (TN&TN)
Rel Date 29th March 2019

A six-track blast of glorious, wilful discordant noise from The Noise & The Naïve, the Newcastle based French two piece who describe themselves as “power pop”, if only everything tagged as such had even a fraction of the vitality on evidence here; the obvious influences are the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and even White Stripes, but I’d suggest this is far to angular to make comfortable bed fellows with Jack & Meg.

“Damned” with its “porn loving masturbators… sodomites, and lesbians” lyric is never going to gain any radio play, but beneath this is a stripped bare guitar and vocal tirade brimming with barely subdued rage. The Jon Spencer tinged “Mus Muscles” was released in February as a download only and shows the full range of Anne (drums, lead vocals) and Pauline (guitar, backing vocals), as they take a punk-blues riff and mangle it gleefully through Riot grrrl, the ensuing racket is a joy to behold, as is “Eggshell Milkshake” which has elements of mid 80’s Death to Trad Rock, rushing drums, shrieked vocals, its taut yet slack at the same moment, a fizzing ball of energy that precedes “10, 000 Men” with heavy cranked guitar riff, hammering drums, shimmering cymbals, odd breakdowns and switching timescales… this is a strange yet welcome voodoo.

The Noise & The Naïve

“Abby” sounds like a Nightingales out take that was then put through The Noise & The Naïve mincer, before shouldering in some distorted noise ahead of remembering to jet off on a space rock trip to distant frazzled stars; the real curveball is closer “Seek Solace” which Anne wrote following the suicide of her brother, her anguish is palpable throughout the vocal, matched by tensile guitar slashing; there is both melancholy and welcome danger here.

The Noise & The Naïve will be touring the UK to promote the EP, including a free entry release day party in their adopted home town that will also be used to raise awareness and funds for the Tyneside based charity The Comfrey Project, which aims to improve the circumstances and wellbeing of refugees and asylum seekers.

Confirmed dates so far:

29.03.19 NEWCASTLE Cobalt Studios (EP release party)
19.04.19 DERBY Dubrek Studios
24.04.19 LONDON Hope & Anchor
28.04.19 NEWCASTLE Tyne Bar
03.05.19 LANCASTER Yorkshire House
05.05.19 NEWCASTLE Hit The North (venue TBC)
25.05.19 NEWCASTLE This Is Tomorrow (Exhibition Park)

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All words by Phil Newall. More writing by Phil can be found at his Louder Than War Author’s Archive

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.


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