“If I am unable to transform you into a Naïve Sense fan, then I have not done my job.”
So begins “Win a Trip to Vegas: Heavy Metal Bikini Contest/Men’s Support Group,” in a sound clip before the EP’s second to last track. It’s a bold proclamation for a bold EP that recalls the best elements of Refused but with a 2010s energy and depth. It’s multi-faceted, diverse and layered. More importantly, it’s always hardcore despite the hyphens and weird instruments or movements. The core of the tunes on this six song, 15-minute final EP from the trans-fronted Minneapolis band are always about an aggressive catharsis of aggression that’s never as simple as running in circles or punching walls.
“Favorite N00DS” is the most Refused of the songs, with harsh screaming vocals that somehow co-exist with an underlying groove, vocal effects, and even some bells and whistles. It’s complicated with a hint of chaos, but it never feels like they’re just throwing the kitchen sink in there for the sake of depth. It’s carefully plotted and it complements without losing the message.
The final Naïve Sense show was their release party for this EP, going out with a bang. It’s a deep EP, one that rages for a fast quarter-hour with complexity that could cover an album twice its length. Make the most of it, and play this fucker on repeat.
Proceeds from the record go to MN Trans Health Coalition.
7.7 / 10
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