Nope – Revision

April 29, 2012

The band Nope first came to my attention through their association with instrumental rock legends That Fucking Tank. That being because Andy Abbot is the guitarist in both bands. Therefore, my opinions of Nope cant help but be influenced by and compared to my opinions and experience of That Fucking Tank. Each have their similarities, but each also have their blindingly obvious differences. In basic terms, they’re both largely instrumental and feature great, complex guitar work. Other than that, they’re an entirely different beast.

I was recently introduced to the debut album, Revision, by Leeds/Bradford based band Nope and decided to share some thoughts on it. From the outlook, it has a fairly obvious but unique tone to it. It could lazily, and wrongly, be labelled as Krautrock but that’s sort of understandable. It has similarities and contains some of the Krautrock staples, but I think it’s better to say that it’s INFLUENCED by Krautrock. Fairly long winded yet always fresh. The lengthy guitar riffs never seem to let up, even in songs stretching past the 7 minute mark. While they are based upon repetitive structures, it’s the small details that really give it depth. It definitely has that improvised feel to it. It’s done so well though that it always feels coherent.

The long, driving guitar lines are that of dreams. When you listen you just want to sit back and air guitar to it. Or at least that’s how it made me feel the first time I heard it. Add to that the never ending beat of drums and frequent outbursts of effect laden, half spoken verses it really makes for a great album. I particularly like opening track ‘Black Mask’ which I feel could be an ‘alt disco’ anthem. I think the true masterpiece here is album closer ‘Crooked Staff’. Sitting at just over 18 minutes, this mammoth of a track is brilliant. Starting with the unmistakeable drone of guitar feedback, plenty of cymbals and a few drums, it soon meanders into a wonderfully creative psych rock jam. It seems as if though all of the different ideas the band have shine through on this track. It explores every different angle of the music and really is a pleasure to listen to. In fact, the whole album is. But you can judge that for yourself.

The album is due out on June 1st 2012, released through Obscene Baby Auction & The Audacious Art Experiment. It’s definitely a date to pencil in your diary. Get some industrial, krautrock influenced, psychedelic rock into your life now.

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