9 o’clock Nasty – Playboy Driver

9 o’clock Nasty released their latest single, Playboy Driver, today. We’ve been having a listen here at the Send Me Your Ears studio.
Honestly, we’re not quite sure what to make of 9 o’clock Nasty! This is the first time we’d heard of them. They’re clearly guys with a cracking sense of humour.

Their twitter handle made us giggle; “Music, good times, nasty times & pigeon related humour” and the last on the list of press quotes we read made us all laugh out loud; “Get out of here and never come back ever again. If you come back dressed as raccoons again, I will call the police.” Manager, Rothley Post Office.

I mean… wha…?

As far as the music itself is concerned, it’d be fair to say that perhaps this is something to do whilst drinking. For both the band and the audience. This is authentic lo-fi garage rock with some touches of punk, chaos and attitude.
Playboy Driver is messy, its shouty and its relentless in its almost tongue in cheek homage to practicing in your mates garage on a Saturday afternoon with beers flowing.

The relentless repetition at the end of the song’s title “Playboy Driver” lyric together with the cloying and clashing guitar sounds really do make 9 o’clock Nasty someone to pay attention to. This isn’t music to ignore. This is music to sit in the corner of the bar (perhaps the Musician in Leicester!) and get drunk to!

We love the cheeky ending …its almost as if the band wanted you to keep listening til the end just for that little easter egg!

We can honestly imagine that 9 o’clock Nasty are a great deal of fun to watch live. From the sense of humour seen in their press, you can only imagine how much fun the between-songs banter is going to be.

Playboy Driver starts with some real dirty guitar riffs and makes you feel that perhaps you accidentally sat in some gasoline whilst ordering your drink. It makes you feel as if you’re at the race track and something is about to happen.

True to the kind of lo-fi garage rock genre, the production on Playboy Driver feels like a bit of an afterthought. There’s no stereo in the track at all. Some panning of instruments would help tidy this up and reduce the chaotic feeling that everything is all happening and there’s nothing you can do to stop the wall of noise onslaught. A huge boost in the top 2 octaves will bring a little more clarity into the track, as well as a big cut in the 7-800Hz area which feels a little too honky and boxy. A high pass at 40Hz will also clear up the bottom end.

Our review here is a little tongue in cheek. Perhaps that’s been swayed by reading the band’s press and bio and realising that they most definitely aren’t taking themselves too seriously. But honestly, if you’re into that kind of post-punk garage stuff, 9 o’clock Nasty will definitely deliver for you.