Sydney based alt-punk trio, Shady Nasty Return with new single ‘CHEST HEIGHT’ via Royal Mountain Records.
Shady Nasty, today return with new single 'CHEST HEIGHT', via-Royal Mountain Records (Orville Peck, Gustaf, Alvvays) ahead of their debut international tour in the UK and Europe this month.
Produced by The Presets' Kim Moyes, 'CHEST HEIGHT' sees Shady Nasty flirt with augmented vocals to share their experience of a digitally enhanced dating scene in their harbour city home. One in which the abrupt metrics of looks, ‘chat game’ and vibe run algorithmically rampant.
Much like the compressed nature of this data, the song’s protagonist too avoids meaningful reflection in the wake of an unsuccessful score. Heavy with defeat, the single ruminates on an inability to “do anything right”, offering an equally self-critical and self-pitying resolution of “if you were two inches taller maybe you’d do better at the club.”
'CHEST HEIGHT', helmed by downtrodden vocals in the vein of Nilüfer Yanya and King Krule, is another example of Shady Nasty's abilities to refract growing pains into social commentary in which the trio continue to look beneath the surface of their subjects alongside an enduring motif - a serious, long-term relationship with cars.
In their words, Shady Nasty share
"CHEST HEIGHT is about our collective experiences of dating app logic. It explores the temptation to see dating as a game with fixed rules, one which can ultimately lock you and your perception of others into cheap and isolating yet extremely powerful categories."
Shady Nasty is a band that operates on an oxymoron - a post-punk outfit whose most popular songs ('Get Buff', 'R0LL1N' H1LLZ', 'PRETTYB0YZ') circulate on calm, sombre melodies that straddle both electronic and hip hop driven impulses. Anthropologists of their own world, their music is rife with intelligent observations about the burgeoning algorithm of life.
With their recent EP CLUBSMOKE, a blurry-eyed meditation on vlogging, gymming, clubbing and clout, the group saw international acclaim from international media outlets, and locally from triple j's Home and Hosed, Something More and Unearthed, FBi Radio, 2SER, RAGE, Pilerats and Purple Sneakers. Its success recently took Shady Nasty to the coveted Oxford Art Factory stage where devout adherents propelled a heaving mosh.
Inspired by the likes of Show Me The Body, King Krule, Iceage, Low Life and Mount Kimbie, informed by backgrounds in jazz and classical music, Shady Nasty subvert expectations. A world bound by modding cars, gymming, family and digital obsessions, Kevin Stathis, Haydn Green and Luca Watson, together play a weirdo breed of punk that recalibrates their formal training to its most uncustomary extremes.
Now the group stands ready for the globe, on the heels of their debut UK and European tour across May, including performing at The Great Escape next week.
Photo Credit: Luca Watson
Mon 9 May - MOTH Club - London, UK
Tue 10 May - MOTH Club - London, UK
Thu 12 May - The Great Escape @ Komedia Basement - Brighton, UK
Fri 13 May - The Great Escape @ Patterns Up - Brighton, UK
Thu 12 - Sun 15 May - The Great Escape - Brighton, UK
Tue 17 May - Trix - Antwerp, BE*
Thu 19 May - V11 - Rotterdam, NE*
Fri 20 May - ACU - Utrecht, NE*
Sat 21 May - Vera - Groningen, NE*
Mon 23 May - Blue Shell - Cologne, DE*
Tue 24 May - Molotow Skybar - Hamburg, DE*
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