Release Date 02/21/2020
(Royal Mountain Records)
Sydney trio Shady Nasty take an unconventional approach to the ever-transforming landscape of their city. Their forthcoming EP, Bad Posture, out via Royal Mountain Records (worldwide excluding Australasia) and Inertia Music (Australasia excluding Japan) on February 21st 2020, is a testament to this. “We feel disconnected within our music scene. We sound different to every band here, but at the same time, we write about our life and our experiences, so in a way it is Sydney-based,” muses Kevin Stathis, vocalist and guitarist. "We live in a globalized world, we can see what's going on in the United States and the UK, but we view it through a different lens," continues drummer Luca Watson. "We want to reinvent it. There’s a legacy of Australian rock bands who thrive on the local, idiosyncratic reference stuff, but I am not interested in extending that legacy. I want to do something different."
Inspired by the likes of Show Me The Body, King Krule, Iceage, Low Life and Mount Kimbie, Shady Nasty play an energetic and weirdo breed of punk that skirts the boundaries of the genre. With backgrounds in jazz and classical music, Shady Nasty subvert expectations. As Watson explains, “We have all had musical training. Haydn [Green, bass], Kev and I have been playing our instruments for a long time and played in jazz bands and shit like that. The problem with all of that music for me, though, is that it has no cultural resonance. As much as I like jazz, it doesn’t describe my life." What, then, might describe Shady Nasty's lives? Modding cars. Chinese heritage. Making ends meet.
On "Get Buff", Stathis addresses his heritage with a swaggering, confident spoken-word delivery - tackling the expectations and pressures placed upon him by his parents, even sampling genuine voice recordings of his mother lecturing him about his insistence on modding cars - a constant tension in their relationship that led to Stathis being kicked out of his family home. “Jewellery” is an ode to Stathis' gold Volvo 240 which lay at the core of his familial strains. It explores the liberation and ecstasy he finds in car modification and drifting.
"AA" sees Watson speak to his declining mental health after a painful lung operation. It depicts his subsequent obsession with gaming and disconnect from reality as his city crumbles under the weight of big business. It is Shady Nasty at their most brutal and cataclysmic. The EP’s closing track “77SUNK” deals with growth and adversity. The opening lyric “Bad posture” refers to Stathis’ hunched back of which he is constantly reminded by his relatives who tell him to ‘straighten up’. This directive offers a glimpse of the rigid notions of how one should live that his immigrant family have tried to impress upon him. Importantly, Shady Nasty presents a new path that many of Stathis’ friends and family would not be able to understand.
“The trio combines sludge-like riffs, atonal grunts, bone-rattling percussion and sickeningly fast tempos to create a doomy, art-rock noise that feels like being concreted into a wall.”