By Walter Price
It was just almost a year ago we had the pleasure of meeting a garage rockin’ power poppin’ post punk group of goodtime fellas’ straight outta Melbourne, Australia called The Naysayers and their new release DEE EYE WHY. Clever.
DEE EYE WHY found the gang searching the sonic landscape and interpreting the favorite niches and doing it all on an 8-track and a dream of making it into your ears and subsequently your hearts. From what we can tell, mission well received.
This is now and The Naysayers (Nathaniel Parbery – Vocals/Bass, Simon Gemmill – Drums, Gordon Holland – Vocals/Guitar, Harrie Kingston – Guitar/Vocals/Picture Drawer) have released the first of three overall singles, Fools Gold Rush, in a project they’re calling The Photo Singles < more on that later.
The A-side finds the guys blazing through mod glam garage rockin’ brilliance in a fashion you’ll associate with all the greats of the same description. The musicianship is far more advanced than their previous EP and so it should be. These players are obviously more comfortable in their own multidirectional approach to songwriting and compositions. The sing along chant, perfectly sticky guitar work and thick n’ rich as molasses rock anthem qualities that will leave you wanting them to set up shop in your living room to satisfy your head boppin’ urges.
But if you want my two cents, what congeals this single and proves the staying power of The Naysayers is the B-side Molotov Fairytale. The track straddles The Sonics, Frankie Lymon and Green Day resulting in a doowoppinpunkintastic gem. No doubts about it, that is a great word and these cats bring it in a multi-layered layout of a story song with its deceiving nature, lo-fi chills and a last half of the track break that will make Mike Dirnt.and his gang wish they had the song in their repertoire. I like it, a lot.
Single artwork provided by Polish photographer Rafal Karczwho is deemed experimental and perhaps controversial by those who know more than I about those sorts of things. Let that be for another day. Cool pic though.
I will be dumbfounded if this release doesn’t propel The Naysayers to the next level. It would be cool to see them out of their day jobs, if they have jobs, and take these sounds global.
All and all The Naysayers prove they are in perpetual motion. They seem cool with exploring and melding genres and textures. I don’t expect them to ever let themselves become pigeonholed. Damn eager to lay these ears o’ mine on the next two singles…