The frothing abrasiveness of No Pleasure showcases just how far USA Nails have progressed in such a short space of time. Their punk rock melodies have mutated like Carpenter’s The Thing into an unrelenting bludgeon of ugliness. No Pleasure (which was recorded live with minimal takes) is all about creating a thoroughly demented, chaotic and cathartic listening experience.
“This is Twin Peaks” – God bless USA Nails. Did you know they have a live album available to stream from the Smalltown America website? You didn’t? Well, you best get on it pronto and listen to it right now if you know what’s good for you. Sometimes, I’d rather be a bird and sometimes I’d rather see it all.
There’s an anti-hero hostility to USA Nails – they marry contempt with discordant punk rock in a way I’ve not heard before and it’s both creepy and refreshingly original. The ten tracks that make up Sonic Moist are laced with defiant and antagonistic bitterness, with a trace of deep arrogant humour punching through the other side.