Jeff Moody

Nonagon is a blunt force object

By - Feb 11th, 2012 04:00 am


People Live Everywhere is a five-track eepee from a Chicago trio named Nonagon. They don’t make church music, and they don’t fuck around with paradiddles. They just hammer their way out of claustrophobic soundforms with bone-crushing force. If their instruments could fill out the paperwork, these guys in Nonagon would’ve found themselves in the 14th District Police Station near Logan Square back sometime early in the last decade.

Vikings” opens up this set in grand fashion. Guitar, bass and drums crash, heave and sway like a heavy wooden (VIKING, ho ho) vessel on rough seas, with Nonagon designated screamer John Hastie running the risk of vocal paresis, howling over the noisy swell. “Fresnel Lens” follows with loud, tricky time shifting and sheer, overt drum abuse. The big hit, smack dab in the middle, is “The Swifts.” Hastie’s revved up guitar sets the song on a crash course with power pop, and the urgent, binary shouting match between Hastie and bassist Robert Gomez bring the collision on with glee.

This is blood-rushing, fist-pumping stuff, kids. It’s what you need right now.

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