ABOUT THE RELEASE
NASTYJOE is a French post-punk band from Bordeaux that formed in 2017. Composed of Robin Rauner (Lead vocals, guitar), Bastien Blanc (guitar, backing vocals), Nicolas Acquaviva (bass guitar) and François Garcia (drums, backing vocals), they release their first EP « Wann Ist NASTYJOE ? » in June 2019.
To depict their sound, imagine a huge schizophrenic British orgy coming out of your speakers. Do you see what I mean? Not difficult to understand though : put Arctic Monkeys — 2008 period — in a room filled with scented candles, and add (one after the other) the bitter side of Shame, the romanticism of Fontaines DC, the roughness of Television guitars and the soft brutality of Idles. Make them significantly copulate to obtain NASTYJOE, as romantic as wild, as sensitive as staggering.
Known for having stained many caves in Bordeaux with their stage performances, the band conveys through their lyrics their darker nightmares, from the memories of a bloody circus, to an everlasting anger and frustration.
After a 35 gigs tour all over France in 2019/2020, the four lads begin to compose a new EP emerging from lockdowns, fed with constant questioning, endemic anxiety and dark thoughts,
“Deep Side of Happiness” depicts through its energy and dark nature, feelings of isolation, mental duality, psychosis and paranoia. These songs based on the contrast between noisy frontal toughness, nearly savage, and melancholic pop harmonies, highlight the basic desire to find a deep and buried happiness.
The band recorded and mixed again with Cyrille Gachet (Jc-satan, Petit Fantôme, Colision). Animated by the wish to produce a frontal and aerial record, Cyrille underlined a rough and mastered sound to put into light a confident identity.
The result is an EP marked with contrast, violence and catchy melodies which reveals NASTYJOE’s ability to highlight its different facets and the binary aspect of feelings.
All happiness hides a part of darkness ready to pounce, unavoidable and ferocious. “Deep Side of Happiness” rejects it, stirs it up and spits it out.