Thursday, April 12, 2012
Atlanta's Natural Extension Concept (The N.E.C.) arrive at their destination, after winding their psychedelic voyage through power pop and punk on their last records. In the meantime, this trio played killer live shows, focusing their noisy excursions through driving, dynamic song structures.
That dynamic, driving sound runs throughout concise statements and desert explorations on their forthcoming LP, Last Point of Radiation.
You can get a sneak peak at the sound of that album with the trio's lead single, "Six." The limited pressing of 100 features screenprinted jackets, ensuring that each single is a special artifact for its listener. Spun at 33 rpm, the extended single is loud, focused, and noisy, as The N.E.C. pummel your ears with "Six"'s relentless riff. Truly a monolithic sound, the band unify to drive their parts into oblivion. DOWNLOAD AVAILABLE HERE!
On the flip, exclusive B-side "Popsicle" yields burned-out sunshine pop, equal parts soul and debauchery. One of the strong points of The N.E.C.'s catalog is their ability to maintain soulful rhythms and catchy anthems alongside their noisy counterparts. "Popsicle" is the final stop for that thread in the band's catalog, and the trio counter "Six" with a rowdy, swaggering pop statement.