Album review: Hobart post-punk trio, Liquid Nails, unleash powerful debut, self-titled LP

The Breakdown

For mine, this is one of the best album releases of 2022 thus far, not only here in Tasmania, but anywhere. At a relatively short 24 minutes in duration, the album is just long enough to not make one feel overwhelmed by its' furious intensity.

Post punk Tasmanian 3-piece band, Liquid Nails have been together since 2019. Subtract 2 years for a global pandemic, mix it with the glacial pace of offshore pressing and shipping, and they have, in a timely fashion, banged out their debut LP!

The 12 inch 45rpm self-titled album (in true punk tradition) delivers 10 blistering tracks that authentically replicate the band’s explosive and energetic live performances at venues in their hometown of nipaluna (Hobart).

Arranged around the principal song-writer, Trent Thomas’ overdriven guitar work and Tas-centric lyrics, and grounded by the tight, muscular rhythm section of David Holmes (bass) and Keith Churchill (drums), Liquid Nails are original, high strength, fast grab, heavy-duty, poignant and one could even say, danceable. Their music is reminiscent of many of the early 80’s UK bands, with elements of The Fall, Wire and even The Sex Pistols thrown into the mix. Thomas’ vocal delivery is barked out and produced with an inherent anger and energy rarely seen in these days of pitch-corrected vocals, and is the perfect vehicle to deliver his socially-aware, intense lyrics.

At a relatively short 24 minutes in duration, the album is just long enough to not make one feel overwhelmed by its’ furious intensity. For mine, this is one of the albums of the year, not just here in Tasmania, but anywhere.

Favourite track – Unparalleled View

Out on Cubbyhouse records, the vinyl is numbered (with only 100 available). Buy (limited edition CD version also available), listen and download on Bandcamp or buy it at one of their shows.

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Liquid Nails by Liquid Nails

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