Nü Sensae TV, Death and the Devil

Nü Sensae TV, Death and the Devil
Vancouver, BC's Nü Sensae have been turning heads with their venomous, murky, bass and drum punk attack since they first appeared on the now-legendary Emergency Room Volume 1. Their subsequent releases (a one-sided twelve-inch and the Three Dreams seven-inch) were apt representations of the duo's ferocious live set. It's on their debut album, TV, Death and the Devil, that they shine in the studio, however. Andrea Lukic's haunting shrieks and sludgy, monstrous bass riffs remain intact, as does Daniel Pitout's octopus-armed drumming, but brief glimpses of melody ("Total Drift") and shifting tempos ("Passing the Word") give them the diversity required to craft a cohesive album of downer punk anthems. Former Mutators guitarist Brody McKnight adds new dimensions to the group's sound with his guitar work on "Burn Zero," pointing to big things to come as he will reportedly become the official third member later this year. On tracks like "Strange Games," the combination of sneering fuzz, melody and all-out chaos is represented perfectly, making this an ideal album for noise nerds and hardcore kids alike. It's a good thing TV, Death and the Devil comes with a massive poster, because Nü Sensae are on their way to becoming your favourite new band. (Nominal)