Nobro: Better Each Day
Punk meets garage rock, with intense vocals embedded in a wall of sonic fury.
By Kerry Doole
Nobro - Better Each Day (Dine Alone Records): After making noise with its 2020 EP Sick Hustle, this Montreal female punk rock band kicks serious butt with this new single.
Don't let the gospel-style intro fool you, as the track gives way to a loud sonic blitzkrieg led by the intense lead vocals of bassist Kathryn McCaughey. Her bandmates add beefy backing vocals, there's a short searing guitar solo, and a tinge of garage rock in the sound adds to the impact. The cut was mixed by two-time Grammy-winning engineer Dave Schiffman (Vampire Weekend, Adele), which helps explain the masterful wall of sound.
In a label press release, McCaughey explains the genesis of the song: “I was experiencing some kind of crisis at the time of writing Better Each Day and if I remember correctly, it was a ‘writing music’ one. There are times when songs come streaming out of you as though they wrote themselves into existence, and other times it can be as challenging as getting two purebred Persian cats to mate. I was sitting in our producer’s studio when he suggested I might like a little jingle he wrote for a commercial that never got used. I thought it was dope and voila, this song was born. One day you’re punk as fuck and then the next you’re playing old unused car commercial jingles.”
The press release notes that "McCaughey founded the band almost as a challenge to herself when the aftermath of a relationship with a prominent Montreal musician made her determined to be 'more than just a footnote on this person’s Wikipedia page. I wanted to play this type of music, but there wasn’t a lot of women who wanted to play it. I wanted to be in the most kick-ass all female band ever.'"
UK hard rock bible Kerrang has already given its seal of approval, further marking Nobro as a band to watch with interest.
Clearly impressing its peers, Nobro has already played an arena tour with Alexisonfire and The Distillers and is booked as a support act on tours by two major Canadian rock bands. After four shows in the US with Tokyo Police Club in mid-November, the group joins Billy Talent and Pup on their Canadian tour, Feb. 7 to April 7.
PR: Jessica Santa, Listen Harder Music Publicity
Booking Agent: Steven Himmelfarb, Feldman Agency