N0V3L : NOVEL

NoV3L - NOVEL (1440 wide)

2019 | LP | 038

N0V3L occupies a sonic landscape that recalls spring-loaded post-punk dissonance, new-wave’s downcast dance anthems, and laser-precise political funk. NOVEL, their eight-track debut EP, is a fluorescent, freshly-scorched declaration of intent, a martial, brutalist slab of nimble melodics and group-yelped anti-capitalist mantras: “Time is a resource/To use and to treasure!” they cry on opener, “To Whom It May Concern.” From the numerics in their name to their black/white/red aesthetic scheme, N0V3L is a carefully-calculated machine.

Frigid, wiry guitars scramble and sprint in syncopated riffs, circling each other, sparse and chiming in their aesthetic but frenetic all the same. Percussion is at turns stern and playful, from loose, brash funk strains on “Will To Power” to airtight disco beats on “Natural.” Bass work here, with its own thumping neon flourishes, is not so much an accompaniment but an intricate piece of this web of sounds, as critical and imaginative as the leads it lurks behind. Vocals, typically sung in unison, are sneering and sharp and jagged like the provocations they carry: “Sign on the line/Devalue your time!” they jeer on “Sign On The Line.” Later, on closer “Division,” they lament and reject institutionalized oppressions: “State-endorsed bigotry/Lies from the factory!”

It feels crass to call N0V3L a band—the word feels cumbersome and bloated with traditionalist connotations. N0V3L is a self-sustaining creative collective operating out of a house in Vancouver, where they produce their own music, videos, and clothing. These elements converge and convulse to create music that challenges the gluttony and ruin wrought by power, while humming along with kaleidoscopic spontaneity into a tightly-wound audible world that is at once jarring and violently danceable. N0V3L’s debut EP is a call to a burnt-out dance floor, where the dance floor has become a space of dialogue and action and resistance. Please do enjoy.


The debut EP from N0V3L, NOVEL is available on February 15th on Flemish Eye.


Track Listing

1. To Whom It May Concern
2. Natural
3. Sign On The Line
4. Take You For
5. Will To Power
6. Suspicion
7. Are They
8. Division

" N0V3L's guitar lines are a wonder to behold."
- NME ("Essential new artists for 2019")

"taut, angular and driving material will hit an instant comfort level with fans of acts ranging from Gang of Four to Girl Band, Interpol to Joy Division"
- VANCOUVER SUN

"There's never a shortage of bands in the underground mining these influences, but hearing someone doing it this well is a reminder that the dawn of early aughts nostalgia is upon us."
STEREOGUM

"raucous, yet danceable, it's a jittery throwback to early post-punk."
- TINY MIX TAPES

"N0V3L knows how to work a rhythm while echoing an anti-normative mindset" 
SUBBACULTCHA

"reminiscent of The Clash" 
- DIY Magazine

MEDIA

Publicity (US & Canada):
Bailey Sattler at Grandstand PR : baileys@grandstandhq.com
Radio Promotion
Joe McGinnis at The Syndicate : joe@thesyn.com


design + development: Structured Abstraction

Produced In Co-Operation with promofact