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EP Review: NOBRO – ‘Sick Hustle’



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Get ready for your new punk obsession. Montreal-based quartet NOBRO are the quintessential punk rockers we all hoped we’d grow up to be. Having kicked off the year opening for Alexisonfire and The Distillers on their stadium tour, NOBRO are winding up to take the world by storm (ever-present aura of industry sexism be damned). They’re currently slotted to play RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest this July alongside the likes of Rage Against the Machine, Halsey, Alanis Morissette, and Blink-182.

Tomorrow they’ll release their new EP Sick Hustle via Dine Alone Records. In just four (much too short) songs, NOBRO deliver a release packed chockfull of galvanizing choruses that juxtapose a grungy sound with almost cheerleader-like chants.

The EP opens with “Don’t Die,” a lighthearted track that emanates a confidence that is quickly proven to be well-earned. Fuzzy guitars and gang vocals spearheaded by vocalist and bassist Kathryn McCaughey kickstart Sick Hustle with a boisterous energy that refuses to back down and draws you in for the ride.

Following tracks “Don’t Want to Talk About It” (co-written with Alex Edkins of METZ) and “Til I Get It All” bring garage rock to the forefront and showcase guitarist Karolane Carbonneau and drummer Sarah Dion’s incredible talents in equal measure.

The EP closes with “Marianna.” Released earlier this year as the EP’s lead single, the song encapsulates a peppier tone that balances the two previous grungier tracks. “Marianna” also features two key changes and a bongo solo (kudos to percussionist Lisandre Bourdages). The result? An incredibly catchy tune that you’ll keep on repeat for days on end.

The only downside to the release is that it comes at a time when you can’t blast it on a road trip with friends. But global pandemics aside, one thing remains clear: with Sick Hustle, NOBRO cement themselves as a badass force to be reckoned with, and we can’t wait to hear more from them.


Jay Reatard
The Damned
Royal Trux

Preorder Sick Hustle here.

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