With the release of their highly anticipated new EP, Navy Gangs youthful exuberance wrapped in delicious halos of intoxicating reverb, ear-shredding fuzz and occasional pensive melancholia, is the richest dose of bittersweet nostalgia to fill your ears this summer. Here's what the gang had to say, followed by the all important 3rd opinion...
The key to our tone is to "make it hot" which basically means keep the Hi-ends and Mid-ends pretty Hi, and cut out more of the Low-end tone. Noah and Matt have been playing music together for years and through that we have developed our own personal style of weaving through each others guitar parts, creating a nice synchronization aspect of tone and frequency.
Gavin, our drummer, locked himself in a U-haul rental vehicle for 48 hours only screaming the words "hell yeah, rev it up" until eventually the fire department came, with a pack of Dalmatians, and bolted him out of the vestibule. He then went missing for five days until I found him rummaging through our dumpster searching for a discarded bag of clementines.
"We don't have any ambitions.
We just like to create, make art and drink beers"
Lyrically the song is about masturbation and the feeling of letting a load off to release tension from the world surrounding you. We really love the tones of early 90's Rock bands like Further and Weezer, and wanted to create a continuation of that kind of music.
Our dream gig would be with The Jesus and Mary Chain because of their snarky attitude and pop dynamic.
Navy Gangs are genuinely Lo-Fi. You could say they bleed it. The aesthetic is nothing new but it is pleasing to the ears. That's why you don’t mind it if another band adopts this approach, because it works. Special Glands, the first single from their upcoming EP, sounds like it's been recorded live. The vocals are scratchy and mixed up the copious amounts of fuzz and distortion, but it fits perfectly into their dynamics. Hazy, that's how we'd describe it...
Navy Gangs, like so many other bands, are part of a 90's revival. But instead of a "rip-off", people talk about hommage and inspiration. In the case of Navy Gangs the word hommage works, as the band clearly consider themselves as the continuation of 90's Grunge and Rock music. Special Glands might be the first taste of what's to come, but it already feels like something that could develop into a classic.