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According to their press release, Boston's No Nations is a mix between post-hardcore, shoegaze, alt-rock, and grunge. The sextet's debut single, "Seltzer," somehow contains all of those sounds inside of four and a half minutes. The song is a loud and discordant burst of guitars and changing tempo. At no point does "Seltzer" consist of just one of those genres and is just a giant mass of noise that is as melodic as it is noisy. It's somehow both a more and less mainstream version of At the Drive In in a single song. This may not be everyone's cup of tea, but those of us that love it are going to really love this.
Guitarist Eric Wormwood says of the band's sound:
“The musical vision for No Nations I think tries to fuck with alot of the stuff I loved about getting into music in the first place. There are some heavier, driving rhythms that I got from playing punk and hardcore. There is some guitar interplay that takes from early ‘90s alternative music. There are melodies and melodic interplay I dig from mid- to late-’90s emo. I also love fucking around with some of the repetition of Krautrock where a simple pattern repeats and there is stuff that builds around it. Overall, I think a lot of this reflects our experiences playing in bands before. Most of us played mostly in hardcore bands and listened to alternative music in our down time so I think there is an element of that.”
You can listen to "Seltzer" below. The song will be available on a two song cassette in January. For now you can find the single over at Bandcamp. For more on No Nations, check out the band's Facebook and Instagram.