Draw Into Disorder is a band from Japan which openly bears classic influences in their grunge bred sound, a trait so many bands have embraced over the years but few have moulded it into something as distinct and gripping as the Wakayama hailing trio. The release of their new mini album Nappy shares the fruits of their influences amidst their own invention and the power of its captivation and trespass.
Formed in 2006, Draw Into Disorder has drawn on the likes of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, and Soundgarden for their own creations as well as bands such as Puddle Of Mudd, Candlebox, Spin Doctors, and Nickelback for its imagination. As suggested they are essences which boldly colour the band’s self-described “heavy grunge” but do not disguise or diminish the individuality of the threesome which sets them apart; Nappy bringing all the essences and invention together in one quickly proving addictive proposition.
It is fair to say that the release had ears and attention gripped from the first moments of opener Nowhere to belong and its revealing of a heaviness which is a much richer weave and incitement than the simple word grunge might imply. There is no denying the thick Nirvana influence to the heart of the music, or the Kurt Cobain essence in guitarist Hideyuki Shimizu’s vocals though equally there is a great Gavin Rossdale hue to them too, but its intense breath and uncompromising trespass equally feels seeded in Black Sabbath meets noise rock type intent. It is a fusion which immediately took hold, riffs and grooves uniting in a potent calling only escalated by Shimizu’s gravelly tones. With the rhythmic lures of bassist Hiroshi Maeda and drummer Hideki Tosha as manipulative as they are invasive, the track is a concussive pleasure but with a great essence of melodic causticity.
The compelling start is matched and eclipsed by Calm down, its undisturbed yet portentous entrance reminding of a band sadly missed and also hailing from their homeland, Tokyo Chaos City. It is slim but threateningly atmospheric bait which ears feasted on before being buffeted by the tides of riffs that erupt around the senses splitting swings of Tosha. The track proceeds to prowl the listener, a magnetic bassline sizing up the imagination before it explodes in an incendiary tempest of sonic and emotional turbulence. Once unleashed the beast devours ears to further the pleasure, a subsequent return to that creative restraint around Shimizu’s hypnotic tones a save on concussion before the senses are embroiled in noise voracity again.
The sinister lure of next up Puke was enough to seal the deal, again the three controlled in their invitation though one reeking of threat which soon erupts in another cauldron of sound and physicality. Angular riffs and dispute bearing rhythms drive the subsequent squall, it in turn springing a weave of creative antipathy before the cycle repeats with riveting endeavour. For all the invasive, at times corrosive, incitement each track is a virulent contagion, their aberrant catchiness and instinctive grunge hearts proving compelling as proven once more by the aptly named Contagion. The track dangles its raw bait and then crawls over the senses with just as devilish dexterity, its body imposing yet infectious like a patient but ravenous virus. Citric melodies entangle ears as grooves and rhythms wail and prowl, the song a devious puppeteer.
The album’s title track is next, Nappy strolling in with mischief in its breath and imagination in its lively gait and dextrous enterprise. More raucous by the minute, the track emerges as our favourite amongst only invasive pleasures; its infectious espionage and senses harassing prowess pure addiction in the ears before Dead thirsty unleashes its ferocious rock ‘n’ roll upon the senses. Bully and tempter, the track is superb with grunge and feral rock at their combined magnificence cored with veins of sonic and melodic radiance to further feed the imagination.
It is a thrilling end to one glorious encounter. Like for us Nappy might be the introduction of Draw Into Disorder to ears for a great many but given the chance through Pavement Entertainment just might thrust the band upon wave and wave of new fans and acclaim sharing lips; a success and recognition more than deserved through this album alone.
Nappy is out now via Pavement Entertainment across most stores.
Pete RingMaster 01/12/2020