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Navy Gangs celebrates debut LP release at Baby's All Right tonight (08.22)

Brooklyn's via Omaha quartet Navy Gang is one of the best acts from the crop of NYC bands infatuated with the alt-pop sound of the '90s, when bands like Dinosaur Jr. and Pavement were developing a musical vocabulary that shared Nirvana's power trio sound, but replaced the tortured angst with a more thoughtful and fatalistic attitude - which earned them the "slacker rock" label. The 14 songs in their newly released debut album "Poach" are a reinterpretation of that sound that's definitely worthy more than one listen, in particular when the band follows more personal sonic and songwriting paths, linke in single "Awkward Exchange" (streaming), featuring a wall of sound of pitch shifted distorted guitar and 8-bit synths. Navy Gang will be celebrating the release of Poach tonight (08.22) at Baby's All Right.





Navy Gangs share first single from debut album Poach, kick off tour at Trans-Pecos on 5/31

Gearing up for the release of their debut album Poach via Modern Sky Entertainment, Brooklyn-based indie rockers Navy Gangs are preparing to kick off an over 30 date North American tour. After their well received 2016 self-titled four song EP, the upcoming full-length (expected in early August) boasts an ambitious 14 tracks, which was mixed and mastered by six string indie virtuoso Delicate Steve Marion. Lead single “Housekeeping” shows his touch on the guitar sound production, with its brightly buzzing riffs and distorted jungle rhythm. The easy-going slacker rock groove is accompanied by a tale of new roommate remodeling. “You’ve really made yourself at home” begins a conversational story capped by the ultimate compliment “it's your own feng shui.” The closest thing to a chorus comes by way of the repeated line “I really love what you’ve done with the place,” capably serving as hook and emotional center.  The tour begins with a show on 5/31 at Trans-Pecos with support from Poppies and Dan English. - Dave Cromwell





Buzz Alert: Navy Gangs play Warsaw with HInds on 10.28

Having created an early buzz via their raucous live show, New York City’s Navy Gangs self-titled debut EP captures a similar raw appeal. Piercing extended vibrato guitar melody lines and sludgy bass-drums accompaniment create a feel comparable to Dinosaur Jr.’s (very) early days. While “Special Glands” (video streaming) may exhibit requisite “slacker rock” attitude, its central hook depicts a surprisingly direct vocal refrain. “Instant Play” bounces along in that J. Masic covering The Cure’s “Just Like Heaven” way where it straddles the line between serious and ironic. A guest female vocalist provides tandem vocals, smoothing out the rough edges. “Mondays” stomps with Americana inflected group chorus vocals while their instruments capture The Replacements ragged attitude. EP closer “That Party Sucked” alternates between Mascis-level burning guitar figures and softly sung verses, creating a heavy-light atmosphere enhancing the impact of both. The band play this Friday the 28th at Warsaw on a bill with Cold Fronts and Hinds. - Dave Cromwell

 

We added this song to The Deli's playlist of Best indie songs by emerging NYC artists - check it out!





Garage rockers Navy Gangs unveil first single from debut EP + play Baby's All Right on 7.25

Navy Gangs is a DIY garage rock quartet made up of Brooklyn transplants with a bio that screams rock'n'roll. The three founding members are originally from Omaha where they dropped out of high school, and took up jobs at the local zoo to save enough money to move in, with guitarist Noah Kohll’s grandmother, to New York City. Keeping the tradition of the DIY ethos alive, the band turned her home into a studio to record their debut self-titled EP. Hopefully, a book will be written about this story one day, but for now we can enjoy their musical output, which is intriguing to say the least. Recently, they premiered lead single off the EP “Special Glands” (streaming below), which features undeniably smooth and winding riffs reminiscent of Dinosaur Jr.. Its message is about self-love and finding confidence even when it seems like no one likes you. Navy Gangs will be releasing their EP on September 14th via No Roads, and - after ending a ten date tour, will be playing Baby’s All Right on July 25th! - John Honan

We added this song to The Deli's playlist of Best punk/garage songs by emerging NYC artists - check it out!

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