EP of the Week: Shady Nasty – Bad Posture

Monday, February 24, 2020
Photo by Jonno Révanche

Sydney trio Shady Nasty turn heads with their enthralling EP Bad Posture, which was released last Friday. Their sound has been aligned with post-punk, but their experimental approach has also seen them fuse in an array of other influences such as hip-hop and classical music, making it difficult to box them into one genre. The release of the EP comes amidst a string of shows here at home and their American trip — which will include appearances at SXSW in Austin and New Colossus in New York.

Though post-punk and experimental alt-rock has been sweeping underground scenes around the world and has been having a huge moment (thanks to cult labels such as Speedy Wunderground), the wave hasn't quite hit Australia — and this is why Shady Nasty stands out, they're not afraid of experimenting and doing something different from the pact. 

Spanning four memorable tracks, the EP touches on heavy topics, including mental health, addiction and battling the expectations enforced by family as well as society. 'AA' was written after a round of declining mental health as a result of a lung operation — with the pain and uneasiness of recovery channelled in the ferocity and haunting nature of the instrumentals and the roaring, yet sharp, vocals. There's also '77Sunk', which reflects on growing up with parents who are immigrants and struggling to live up to their expectations.

Shady Nasty prove themselves to be one of Australia's most exciting experimental bands right now and we look forward to watching them dominate in 2020.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)

Tour dates:
Thursday, February 27 - The Cambridge, Newcastle
Friday, February 28 - The Lansdowne, Sydney 
Saturday, February 29 - Farmer & The Owl, Woollongong 
Thursday, March 5 - Old Bar, Melbourne 
Friday, March 6 - Cactus Bar, Albury
Saturday, March 7 - Transit Bar, Canberra 
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