After already seeing some success with a series of singles and a 5-track EP in 2018, London 4-piece King Nun have finally released their debut LP ‘Mass’ into the world hoping to make an impact on the indie-rock scene.
After liking their most popular single ‘Mess Around’, I was excited to get into this album and find some new decent guitar-based music that I could enjoy listening to. Unfortunately, I was disappointed with the results – there were no tracks that really stood out to me due to the extremely generic sound throughout.
Listen to the opening track ‘Mascara Runs’, and if you like this then you will likely praise the rest of the songs also. To me, it has extremely strange sounding vocals overriding the guitar backing that make it entirely unpleasant.
The vocals on ‘Chinese Medicine’ aren’t awful and the riffs are decent leading into a heavy chorus, making this one of the best songs on the album despite it being somewhat generic for the genre, and also already been previously released as a single and featured on the EP. Recycling music like this shows a lack of material, especially when it is not even the best single King Nun has put out by a long shot, making this an odd decision by the band.
Of the two singles from the album, ‘Black Tree’ is a bore to listen to and ‘Low Flying Dandelion’ sounds generic and messy. This is a real change from the first four singles the band released in 2016-17 which were at least good and bordering great.
I really wanted to enjoy this album, but the consistent theme of uneven, almost whiny vocals that just sound off, set against poor guitar riffs made it difficult. This is a real shame as I’m sure the band has more potential than this; if you’re looking to enjoy King Nun’s music, I’d advise you to ignore this record and stick to listening to their previously released singles.
(2 / 5)
Last modified: 14th February 2020