King Nun’s debut album Mass has cool written all over it. It’s dark, grungy and intense – everything you want from an edgy indie band.
The album kicks off with a bang with the bold Mascara Runs, a punky, retro-feeling anthem.
It’s followed by the significantly darker Chinese Medicine. In an interview with NME, frontman Theo Polyzoides described the inspiration for the song – a man who had fallen on the pavement and cracked his skull.
Despite the gory story behind it, Chinese Medicine is one of the standouts on the album. It’s fast-paced and aggressive – sure to be a crowd favourite.
Another standout is Cowboy. The chorus ‘she said “I’m glad you came”/he said “I think I’m happy now”’ is vaguely reminiscent of a mid-2000s emo song made palatable for the edgy teens of today.
Sharing A Head With Seth is surprisingly upbeat considering its subject matter. It’s a tongue-in-cheek look at everyday anxiety, with lyrics about ‘sharing a head with Seth, he is a masochist/And I wish that Seth was dead – just kidding’.
The album as a whole is a well-executed blend of punk and indie. The lyrics cover injury, angst and mental health and the guitar riffs on most tracks couldn’t fail to excite.
As a debut album, Mass doesn’t disappoint – instead, it’ll have you excited to see what they do next.
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