It wouldn't be a stretch to call USA Nails 'talented', but for some reason they feel bad about themselves. Or wait, maybe they don't see the music industry as one giant battle of the bands? Maybe they're just a nice bunch of people who like to talk about good music?

Enter this playlist, handily titled 11 Noisy Bands from the UK & Ireland, who are probably loads better than us. We can't comment on the 'probably loads better than us' part, but it's certainly a strong collection of bands.

You can pre-order USA Nails' new album, No Pleasure, by heading here. It's set for a release on November 6th via Smalltown America. 2015


A three-piece indie/punk group based in London and featuring Jen Calleja of the awesome Sauna Youth. Reminiscent of Sonic Youth's mid-eighties Evol-era mixed with a stripped-back Pixies vibe and lush female vocal swells ala Danny & The Parkins Sisters. They do an excellent cover of 'Fuzz' by Supergrass too.


Helmed by legendary producer John Hannon. While Liberez could be mistaken for one of Charles Hayward's seminal noise projects, they have a sound all of their own. Abstract noise and complex repetitive rhythms, banged out with unorthodox vocals and instrumentation, this lot really are unique.

Action Beat

Post-minimalism meets pints. If you've heard of any of the bands on this list, then you should have heard of these. A group of Bletchley originals taking straight-faced compositions for New York guitar orchestras, and forcing them through the prism of DIY punk to create blissful walls of sound. Their numbers vary but I've seen them with upwards of 4 drummers and 6 guitars. Their presence live is unparalleled.


Four Bristolians re-imagining early-eighties post-punk. You may have seen them puking on their own shoes or murdering violins in the back room of a pub. Their arrangements may seem completely counter-intuitive, but they have an internal logic that makes perfect sense when you listen properly. They released a new album in August 2015. I (Gareth) wanted to put it out on my label but understandably, they got a better offer.

Death Pedals

These Swami Records should-bes pay homage to West and East Coast pioneers of raucous, driving punk. We share a lot of DNA with this band; Stuart used to be in Nails and contributed a great deal of material to our first album, and Wayne has produced both of our long players. We like them a lot.


We had the pleasure of playing with these guys in Leeds on our last UK tour. Really love the juxtaposition of '90s grunge, noise rock and brutally complex jazz grooves reminiscent of Zu. It all works so well together even though on "paper" it doesn't seem so sensical. I urge you to check them out.

Hands Up Who Wants To Die

Twisted and ugly noise rock from Ireland made by nice, handsome men. They have a knack for creating beautifully dynamic and texturally intense noise rock that's brooding with intent. If you get to seem them live, do as you're told or stand at the back.


Our good friends here create a skewed and intense racket you're unlikely to see matched at the moment. Imagine DJ Scotchegg and Brian Chippendale tearing a drum kit apart over the top and you're nearly there. Mixing gabba, hardcore, rave, and drum & bass with noise rock. Super fun and totally great live. (Look up what Wayne has to say about their band's name before you decide if you're offended by it or not.)


Un-tuned post-punks. Progressive, abstract and unusual - Housewives count numerous noise stalwarts among their fans (well, I've seen lots of them at their shows anyway) with good reason. They deconstruct music into forms that most bands could never dare to think of. Acts like this demonstrate that there is so much ground left to explore in guitar world.


Blacklisters are Billy, Stob, Owen and Dan, four lads from Leeds. We've known them since the good ol' Brew Records days. They sound like an angrier Jesus lizard with T Model Ford playing through Albini's rig. They're about to release their second record, Adult, which is completely ruthless.

Good Throb

Featuring members of loads of London punk acts you'd probably recognise. Good Throb vent about everyday life and social issues over a brutish angular skronk, but all with good humour. It feels like GT are at the core of a really important part of the DIY scene in London at the moment, not just because of their creative output, but because of their social awareness and political activism. Doing it right.