THE NOSE - Hot Loner

The Nose - Hot Loner

5 songs
13:58 minutes
***** **


Founded in 2010, The Nose from Vienna released their debut album Blow two years later on the legendary Gash label, which was resuscitated after fifteen years of inactivity. This debut album had a truly weird cover artwork of Tempo paper tissues carrying instead the logo of the band. This year, the quintet intends to release three EPs, of which Hot Loner is the first one. Once again, the cover picture can be labelled as strange and minimalist, to say the least.

The Nose claim to have become a little more “pop”, but they still firmly adhere to their “pure rock’n’roll” spirit, which in this case means that they are deeply rooted in the guitar sounds of the Nineties, with alternative rock building the foundation, but leaving room for a well dosed amount of snotty punk attitude and even certain hints at bluesier elements.

My first impression, before reading the info sheet, was that the singer reminded me of a fiercer Brian Molko and a less angst ridden young Feargal Sharkey, and then I found out that in this case we are in the presence of a good looking woman named Ranita Rubia. This once again proves that even the wild Nineties were not protected from androgynous stereotyping, allowing me to make this mistake in the first place. The music is mostly simple straightforward, guitar driven alternative rock music, with enough distortion to make the punk influence obvious. The songwriting is quite decent too, and in the case of four short songs that not even amount to a quarter of music, the band never runs the risk of boring the audience.

The opener Lonesome Rider is a prime example of how Nineties alternative rock sounded. The song is well written and comes with a really good and well integrated chorus, which too often is neglected by other genre bands. The instrumentation is simple and straightforward, and maybe sometimes one would like one of the two guitarists to freak out a little more to add even more gravitas to this really nice start into the EP. The following Happy Zombie Army comes with more of a stoner vibe and, while also being quite cool, doesn’t really have the same arc of suspense. They Took A Tank surprises as a more melodic but definitely not more polished track. The guitar intro reminds of Dinosaur Jr., and the chorus once again shows that this band can come up with some truly memorable moments. The concluding Dee is the only song below three minutes and sees the band trying their luck with the punk rock genre.

I had unfortunately never the time to spend much time with the band’s debut, but I really quite like them a lot on this EP. Especially Lonesome Rider and They Took The Tank stand out, and if the band is able to deliver more of their cranky and melodic stuff on the upcoming EPs, I am already looking forward to them.

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