“The intoxicated tantrums of their striking debut ‘Whatever’ have given way to a manageable, strangely enjoyable hangover on ‘Hold Open My Head’… clean guitars cycle in a dream state during the verse and hitch in off-kilter rhythms during the hook” – Pitchfork
“… their crafty plays on rhythm and dexterously executed shredding are anything but average” – MTV Iggy
“… hook-laden… the track applies the band's knack for ramshackle punk and emo sensibilities to riffs far meatier and muscular than anything they've produced before” – DIY
“… calms down the post-hardcore tendencies of Whatever and veers more towards emo's indie rock side” – Brooklyn Vegan
“cult Sheffield punks” – NME
Indie-rock two-piece Nai Harvest (signed to Topshelf Records) return with "Buttercups", their most overtly melodic track yet, and one that pays as many dues to the likes of Ride, Chapterhouse, early Superchunk, classic lo-fi and dreampop as it does the fiery emo and punk spirit of their previous output.
It's a song about distance, and trying to be fair and honest with someone you're in love with who lives far away but you're not in a legitimate relationship with. You're allowed to do what you want with whoever you want but do you really want to do it or not?
Sounding, as ever, a whole lot bigger than just the two of them, "Buttercups" is the A-side of their split with Playlounge, which sees both bands contributing a new track and, in turn, a cover of each other. The record will be released on 12" flower shaped vinyl (7" playable).
Nai Harvest are:
Ben Thompson – guitar and vocals
Lew Currie – drums
Pre-order the split from Dog Knights Productions HERE
Topshelf Records will also have copies of the split available in the US.
Following an explosive UK tour with Gnarwolves in December, the duo followed this with support slots for Real Friends, You Blew It! and Modern Baseball’s UK tour in May and after key festival appearances, including Tramlines and Beacons, they will be on the road again with Superheaven in September.
A full set of upcoming dates here:
Aug 24 - Art Is Hard Fest 2 - London, England - Shacklewell Arms
Sept 5 - London, England - Old Blue Last*
Sept 6 - Leeds, England - Cockpit*
Sept 7 - Birmingham, England - The Flapper*
Sept 8 - Bristol, England - The Exchange*
Sept 9 - Brighton, England - Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar*
Sept 10 - Paris, France - La Macanique*
Sept 11 - Cologne, Germany - Underground*
Sept 12 - Eindhoven, Holland - Kafee Aloys*
Sept 13 - Munster, Germany - Cafe Lorenz*
Sept 14 - Hamburg, Germany - Rote Flora*
Sept 15 - Hannover, Germany - Bei Chez Heinz*
Sept 16 - Berlin, Germany - Cassiopeia*
Sept 17 - Dessau, Germany - Beat Club*
Sept 19 - Lucerne, Switzerland - Treibhaus*
Sept 20 - Stuttgart, Germany - Juha West*
Sept 21 - Frankfurt, Germany - 11er*
Sept 22 - Antwerp, Belgium - JH Kavka*
Sept 24 - Southampton, England - Joiners*
Sept 25 - Cardiff, Wales - Clwb Ifor Bach*
Sept 26 - Derby, England - The Victoria Inn*
Sept 27 - Glasgow, Scotland - Stereo*
Sept 28 - Manchester, England - Star & Garter*
Sept 29 - Kingston, England - Fighting Cocks*