Against Nature [EP]


words by tom johnson

photograph by sam reynolds

Both pitched and presented as their most personal work to-date, the new EP from Portland’s Lubec is a lashing-out against the system, five distinct songs that reflect their own thoughts on many of societies ills. Tense, direct, and full of pent-up energy, the new EP also offers perhaps their most invigorating work to-date, teeming with personality and a grittiness that feels resoundingly cathartic.

Released this week via the ever-dependable Disposable America label – and streaming in full for you here from today – Against Nature bristles with angst throughout, the band’s breezier moments always met with a fiery energy that dominates the overall mood, stoking an atmosphere that barely lets up.

The band are quoted as saying they “believe that there’s a middle ground between the serene and erratic” and that vision has never been more rewardingly brought-to-life than it is here. For all of the anxiety that needles away throughout, the songs themselves feel somewhat jubilant, buoyed by a desire the various messages to be felt as much as heard.

From the choppy brilliance of its opening track ‘Triage’, to the sprightly ‘Comfort Zone’ and the more melodic closer, ‘Had To Look’, the EP is both an emphatic reminder of the trio’s guile, and a stand-alone statement in its own right. Check it out below right now – and pre-order it here.



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