Label: Marshall Records
Released: 17th June 2022
The idea that Nova Twins are blasting a trail at the forefront of louder music’s great and long-awaited renaissance is hardly a new one. For too long, it felt like rock was – rather than pushing ahead as a world of acceptance and community – running behind alternative music’s pack, obsessed with aging men of a previous vintage, never quite embracing the new, diverse, vibrant and genre-free talent in the way it needed to. Debut album ‘Who Are The Girls?’ made a thunderclap back in 2020, but 2020 was an odd year. A pandemic world where things happened, but did they really cut through on the other side? Short answer, yeah. They did. And ‘Supernova’ is the proof.
A rainbow of ideas, sounds, styles and expressions, Amy and Georgia’s second album is strident. Confident, assured and unrelenting, from the blast of ‘Cleopatra’ to the main character bang of ‘Antagonist’, it’s explosive stuff. ‘K.M.B.’ – that’s Kill My Boyfriend – mixes invention and threat to gold standard results, while ‘Puzzles’ drips with charged energy. Nova Twins stand proud amongst UK rock’s brightest talents, but don’t try to put them in any tightly defined box. This pair are writing the rules now. Follow, or else. ■ Stephen Ackroyd