Album review: Unqualified Nurse Band – Debasement Tapes
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★★★★☆ In a rock world so fuelled by nostalgia, finding a band that can mine the depths of rock n roll’s varied history and come out with their own, unique nuggets of gold should be applauded. Derby’s Unqualified Nurse Band is one of those groups, and following the promise of their debut EP Dilemma Blues, have delivered an album that has dragged the history of rock behind the bike sheds and kicked the living crap out of it! Debasement Tapes is an album that doesn’t mess about, coming in at just 30 minutes running length for its 12 songs, it crams in 60 years of rock, pummelling it into new shapes throughout. Exploding in a wall of noise ‘100 Beats’ sets the unrelenting tone – a short, sharp shock to the system (clocking in at under two minutes). Unqualified Nurse Band don’t exactly do subtle! Chris Jones’ vocals are delivered as guttural screams from the soul, over music that is colossally uneasy with itself. There is some serious melody attempting to fight its way through the wall of feedback and distortion.
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