Apart from having the band name with the most possible pronunciations, Nantes (pronounce it how you like) are an indie rock quartet who have risen rapidly, producing their debut EP, playing at Big Day Out, and touring for Triple J all in the last 12 months.
Nantes debut self-titled 4- track EP is pretty wicked, and has two absolutely zinging tracks in ‘Charlie’ and ‘Fly’. ‘Fly’ is the song that brought them all their hype and attention (and quite rightly) on Triple Js unearthed, combining some catchy riffs, a few notes of the xylophone, and some upbeat drumming. Its a killer of a song, I love the drumming,the vocals by Josiah Eastwood are great, and the high notes from the xylophone really add a unique touch that separates Nantes from other bands. To be honest I can bop to this track for hours.
‘Charlie’ has slightly slower tempo than ‘Fly’ but has the most bouncy keyboard tune of any track I can recall. It also has the whole collection of Nantes on the mike, effectively using the back-up vocals as a separate instrument to maintain the bounce. It is another great feel good track, that gets the fingers and toes tapping.
The other two tracks on the Nantes EP are ‘Lost’ and ‘Control’. ‘Control’ uses some clever breaks and hand clapping to create a song that really does have some punch, with the disjointed rhythms making it hard what to expect next and who really is in control. The vocal harmonies, the resurgence of the xylophone to create some chilling sounds, and heavier bass in ‘Lost’ create a very melancholy but interesting track. Both are very different compared to listening to ‘Fly and ‘Charlie’, but I admit I like the diversity.
Looking back at all the titles on the EP, (Fly, Control, Charlie, Lost) it is almost as though they tell the story of somebody who was lost in the wrong crowd, let fly, hit the party scene, did a bit of charlie and then got their life back together and were in control. This is ably supported in each tracks lyrics adding to reasons why I love this EP, its pretty cool stuff.
The other great news is that from this week, Nantes are touring the country as part of Triple Js Triple Treat Tour with Millions and Northeast Party House, so you can have a chance to catch them and their awesome supports live – details are on their facebook page. Having seen them put on a solid show at Sydney’s Big Day Out, I will defs be checking them out again at my favourite venue Oxford Art Factory, see you all there.