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Runaway Nuns: Do The Resistor

Ardent individuality is at the front of this classic psych-rock offering.

31 Jul 2017 / Opinion, Review / written by Skye Mallac

This 5-piece, Cape Town-hailing outfit have been on quite a roll of late. Having infiltrated the notorious ranks of the Psych Nights’ chosen few, Runaway Nuns have made few missteps this year and a secured slot at Endless Daze  comes as one of the cherries on the top, while their latest EP “Do The Resistor” likely comes as a close second

An old-school psych-rock vein, which harks with roughened sentimentality to the formative ’60s and ’70s movements, connects the 6-track offering with growling appeal. The overall thematic undercurrent of the EP explores individuality and taking power into your own hands, wholly embracing the differences which make one unique.

A neutral three-chord riff opens the EP on ‘People I Love’. The vocals float just beneath a static sound surface, tempered by the rough recording style of their ’60s influences. Growling guitar progressions are paired with heady drum work as the five-minute track unfolds. “I wanna be just like the people I love,” Sean Baron growls, with commendably blatant admiration of his peers.

‘Crips’ is catchy in a repetitive sort of way, the title compellingly in reference to the long-standing LA gang, while ‘I Don’t Wanna Be Yours’ slips into straightforward rock terrain. Once again tackling the importance of individualism, layered vocals declare “I don’t wanna be yours / I just wanna be mine” with beer-fuelled insistence, and ‘Walk My Way’ follows closely in suit.

Roaring rock riffs introduce ‘Lean To The Right’ – and right on time – while ‘Resistor’ gathers melodious off-cuts with grace as the layered, anthemic track steers the EP to a measured conclusion.

Their sound this time around is quietly energy-fuelled and sees them moving away from the garage rock roots they initially put forth to move with purpose towards the musing psychedelic-inspired spectrum. Lyrically however, the EP falls into tedium a little too often for comfort, with looped verses which never quite seem to revolutionize. This is an offering which sticks keenly to its guns, but falls short for want a little more lyrical context.

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Listen to “Do The Resistor” below on Deezer.