Third Outing caught up with one of the most vibrant bands to come out of one of Germany's most vibrant cities, Leipzig, before the start of their grand European tour. With sounds like The Cribs, Nirvana and punk rockers Pope, Third introduce Lingua Nada. Take it away...
Lingua Nada means
Not much really. It´s probably disappointing but it´s just catchy and easy to pronounce even when you´re drunk...we kinda stopped looking for specific meaning in band names; whatever your beautiful brain tells you it means, I'm sure you got it just right.
Guide to Leipzig
In one way or another your surroundings shape who you are. Despite being quite small Leipzig has an openness to it in its best moments. Basically all of us took our first gentle steps out of childhood here. If you're looking for something to do in Leipzig I suggest you find yourself a source of drinkable water soon, since you will die from dehydration after a couple of days if you don't. The best music can be found via one of Leipzig's many internet connections. There's a few really awesome local bands that keep making life better, wouldn't call it a scene though.
Lingua Nada are punk rockers of good breed. They thrash when they thrash and rely on melody and harmony when they need to create contrast. It's all portrayed in their stand out song Ultimate Black Metal from their new record Shapeshift. It's a strong 6 track EP which more than reinforces the spirit of their 2014 Goodbye Ally Airships. What's refreshing is to hear a band who don't take themselves too seriously. You might look at their interview answers and find them blasé, but don't mistake it for arrogance. It's the sign of a band who do not necessarily believe in a music industry, but do believe in music. I guess it comes from the surroundings. Leipzig might be earmarked as a hipster's paradise but it's foundations are that of a good punk rock and roll city which promotes questioning authority and standing up for what's right, not what's easy. Check the Monday Demonstrations; now check the mentality of this band. That's what the world needs right now. If you need proof of just how good this is, this is what Lingua Nada have to say on their Bandcamp about their new record...
"Whoever you are, whatever you do, how much you have in your pocket, whether you can afford internet or not, this record is free to download now and forever, for everyone and anyone who is willing to enjoy it. Burning it on a CD or even recording it on a tape for your good ole' car radio doesn't make you an asshole".
Beautifully put...if only there were more bands like them. In terms of attitude and in terms of music. Lingua Nada's second release Shapeshift is a strong record kicked of brightly and loudly with the lead track 50 Cent, a Cribs-esque dream pop factory with an incredible guitar propelled scream chorus. Ultimate Black Metal continues this atmosphere contrasting wonderful clean guitar cut verses with more loud, Nirvana scream chorus. Most intriguing is the dubiously named Death Metal Shitcan which intrigues with melodic vocals stating "I'm sorry for myself, just wanna let it go...I'll call you later".