In 1982, Bruce Springsteen released what many believe to be the best work of The Boss’ illustrious career. The album was entitled ‘Nebraska’ and was, for the most part, recorded acoustically on a tape recorder as a series of bedroom demo’s for what that album was supposed to be. When Bruce and The E Street Band went in to record the album, producers decided that the demos Spingsteen had recorded had far too much emotion and feel, to ever be replicated in the studio, and thus, the Nebraska demo’s were released as the actual record. There is a lot to be said about DIY recording. Music that is written and committed to tape by the writer themselves seems to often have charm and heart, that you would never find on bigger budget recording projects. There is no smoke and mirrors, the emotion is real, the passion is honest and in the case of Adelaide Scramz band Nebraska, this could not be more true.

Forming in a city where the screamo/post-hardcore scene has been considered fairly done for for some time now, the five gentlemen who make up Nebraska have risen above and released their latest 7″. A self titled, three song effort, and their third cut to date. The band take effort from 90’s DIY bands including Portraits Of Past, Unwound, Moss Icon, Indian Summer and Yaphet Kotto, just to name a few, and have shared stages some renowned local and international acts including Palisades, Capeweather, Night Hag, Nuclear Summer, Swords, Sex Wizard, Racoon City Police Department, Raein and Loma Prieta.

The self titled 7″ perfectly exemplifies what a band of this genre is supposed to be. Nebraska have a skill in building up a mood or feeling through shifting dynamics throughout their songs. Often moving from clean picked riffs laden with panicky, spoken word vocals, which still carry a sense of melody, and then building up to bigger more aggressive parts, with discordant guitars still fairly clean in tone, but played with appropriate angst, lots of crash symbol and hard drum hits and enraged screaming to top it all of. There is a striking sense of honesty and a really tense feel that weaves its way through the three tracks and it’s this that I think makes it such an exciting listen.

Fans of emotive hardcore will be thoroughly impressed with Nebraska and their latest 7″. In an offshoot of hardcore that can often come off sounding pretty contrived and lets face it, pretentious (thanks, Against Me!) it’s good to see a band on our own home soil bringing a bit of originality to the table, and beats back to the heart.

Nebraska is available now through the band.

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Rating: 23/38 Days






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