With noted band interests including ‘killing zombies’, it’s clear from the off that Liverpool-based four-piece Novacrow don’t take themselves too seriously. This isn’t too say the band treat their music as a joke; on the contrary, their classic style of old-school metal, fronted by female powerhouse Kitty Staunton, has led to them being ascribed the label of ‘orgasmic hard rock’ by at least one online blog. More accurate would be to understand their music as laced with an excitable and likeable aesthetic, revelling in the onslaught rather than trying to obliterate you with it.
‘Fight The Horde!!!’ is delivered in such a vein. After a spoken word excerpt referencing a highly contagious, unsourced virus, Kitty and co. divulge in an assault of catchy and powerful hard rock. It’s not a style of music which is easily pulled off; indeed, there are many a band which struggle to strike the necessary balance between being entertaining and just absurd. Thankfully, Novacrow straddle the line with ease, uncompromising yet entertaining in equal abundance. ‘There’s no way out’ we are informed towards the back end of the track, though on this evidence, where else would you possibly want to go?
Novacrow have forthcoming gigs on;
Saturday 14th March @ Scruffy Murphy’s, Birmingham
Saturday 18th April, 2ube Extra @ LIPA, Liverpool