Nosebleed – Dance With The Devil

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Dance With The Devil - TNSrecords

Nosebleed, the trio from Leeds UK, play punk n’ roll much like their football team. Big, up-tempo, driving, well thought out, and easy on the eyes (well ears). And my favorite record label, TNSrecords, has put forth their latest LP Dance With The Devil. This is my first time hearing this band, so I have no reference how this new album compares with their older material. Dance With The Devil, the song, starts off with the drums pounding on the low tom, that typical punk rock start to a song or album that has been in use since the Ramones. Which is not a bad thing. It lets you know how the recording of the drums are gonna sound for the next thirty minutes or so. The song is pretty frenetic. The vocals are definitely pumped up.

Immediately I notice the guitars are more jangle-y than distorted and heavy. At a first glance listen this band sounds like a poppier Buzzcocks kind of punk thing than a hardcore kind of thing. And then the song breaks with bass line, drum beat and scratching guitars. Wait a minute, this band is reminding me of a band I love…Naked Raygun! Oh yes, the clean instruments sound and the vocal style and tone all remind me of Chicago’s great Naked Raygun. Not an easy task.

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The track Bad Magic continues the clean guitar sound, but this song is way different from a typical punk song. This song has tight stop start guitar line and a melody and style that could be heard in a 70’s song. This band could play with The Clash, The Damned, or even Talking Heads with material like this. Quick and well written, this is almost pogo-pop punk. Lost And Found is a fired up track, rock n roll style that makes you wanna throw elbows. Someone is going to get hurt in the pit during this song. My wife always tells me not to flail when I dance, but this track is pure flailing madness. Is that a piano solo that rocks in there? A bass line break with vocals that get you low before you go ape shit again. This track will make you lose your shit.

Let it Go, starts with some back and forth guitars and another groovy bass line from Ben Hannah. More stop and start tight guitars. Drummer, Dicky Riddims, is ripping it up the whole time in the back. Nice cymbal work during the choruses really stand out. The drumming during the chorus just bounces with excitement. And finally the guitar solo we knew had to be coming from vocalist / guitarist Eliott Verity. Can he rip up a rock n roll guitar solo with that clean guitar sound: indeed he can. The vocal chant of Let It Go at the end is perfect and shows off Nosebleed’s vocal chops. Live Die starts out with huge pounding drums ala Joan Jett And The Blackhearts, Eliott Verity sings more about personal issues people face. He has obviously turned some love issue pain into emotionally charged songs. 

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Short Sharp Pain in the Neck. With a title like this I knew this song was going to be good. The guitars laid down by Verity are like 60’s anthemic. This is almost like if the Rolling Stones were born ten years later and were influenced by MC5 and Stiff Little Fingers. The rhythm combo of Ben Hannah and Dicky RIddims is timeless. These two could drive any crowd from the 60s to the present nuts. Drop them in a time machine from 1963 to now and they could hang with any band. I had to listen to this song twice in a row to decipher some cool lyrics. Paranoid lyrics about all the crap going on around us, but also with words to inspire you to rise above it. I can’t help but relate to it living in an area populated mostly by K.K.K. members.

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All I Know, with its’ reverb soaked vocals sounds completely different from the previous tracks.  The instruments are also soaked in a different reverb than the other songs. This song had a dusty American road meets T.S.O.L., The Damned or The Cramps dark feel. Wow, what a production turn on this record. You usually don’t hear such dramatic sound changes on a record. This is quite amazingly pulled off. Is this song pegged for a movie soundtrack or something? If not it should be. The next track is I Don’t Know. Are they playing off their own song titles by putting these two songs after one another?  This song definitely has a little heart-break feel to it. With lyrics that search for answers. Again the rhythm combo of Ben Hannah and Dicky RIddims is like a never ending stream of groovy riffs with the guitar action of Eliott Verity popping off tightly above it all. Would it be ok if I called this band very…mature.

I Got a Feeling brings back that frenetic pace and includes the lyrics “I got a feeling that you’re fucking with my head, I got a feeling that I’m going to wake up dead”. This song drives forward fast with no regard for making Leeds carbon neutral by 2030. I would definitely lay down the gas pedal in my 4-cylinder Chevy Sonic to this tune. The next track is Round and Round, one of my favorite hair metal songs from 1984 and the L.A. band Ratt. Wait, Round and Round doesn’t start out with a stacked drum beat. Oh, this is not a cover of that song. My bad. This Round and Round again harkens back to a 60s or 70s kind of thing. It’s totally big and bombastic, with sing-a-long choruses and another ripping guitar solo. If you need a lift-me-up for whatever reason this track is for you.

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Under the Knife comes forth with a totally different groove and feel all within the umbrella of what’s going on with this album. The panned guitar parts are nice. This song is just plain cool in a laid back but loud kind of way. Strong. Some melody, harmony and swing. A little pounding piano and deep backing vocals thrown in. Put on your sunglasses for this one, it’s that cool. Make up your Mind is a slow downed dark track with more pianos included again. Baritone vocals add to the dark and down trodden broken love theme. The vocals are very cinematic. If you told me this song was going into a new production of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, I would believe it and want to see it. Eliott Verity rips a quick sick solo in this one. Nicely done. Dark pianos exit us out of this album which upon leaving seems to have been an Opus to a scorned love.

This album is a punky rock n roll collective of personal, love and social issues that had to come out of Nosebleed in a healthy manner. There is no political diatribe against nitrogen dioxide, particulate matter PM2.5 and PM10, and sulphur dioxide polluting the air of Leeds. This is turning personal turmoil into exciting art everyone can bounce to. I saw some refer to Nosebleed as “garage rock”. And yes that is a term you could endearingly use to refer to Nosebleed. However this band’s studio production and musical maturity lift them far out of that realm. If you like some non-political punk n’ roll that grooves through the different eras of rock history Dance With The Devil by Nosebleed will be a 5-star additive to your musical diet.