Somewhere within the concrete confines of Glasgow lie Nasty Nesto and the Sadbois, whose latest single ‘Oigame Compai’ is essentially the autobiographical reality of being a band in modern day Britain. ‘I sit on the couch sometimes but it’s far from feeling alone’ they proclaim, wryly articulating the contrast between a community that isolates them and an underground scene that cares for them.
The four-piece’s debut album Horses Severed Head is set for release in late August – with ‘Oigame Compai’ the last of the album’s steady stream of punk inspired anticipatory singles. Previous tracks have combined emotional warmth with adversity – ‘Best Friend’ covered both companionship and the absence of others but remained consistently buoyant. This attitude remains – as ‘Oigame Compai’ is sung with tongue firmly lodged in cheek.
The band’s sardonicism fits neatly over an instrumental recorded with a necessarily jagged, DIY recording quality. Flashes of gypsy-punk are scattered between organ chords that call back to the heady, beer-soaked days of classic rock.
But there is nothing hedonistic about the group as the tenderness of softly sung backing vocals contrast a lead vocal that strains to near breaking point having reached the song’s rapturous and incendiary conclusion. Perhaps a little over-zealous in presentation but nonetheless breaming with character, ‘Oigame Compai’ does well to balance an affable demeanour with pointed criticisms, all within a palette that is equally musical and driven by the Glaswegian landscape that surround it.