A self-described “rock band that hates rock ‘n’ roll”, French newcomers MNNQNS’ debut album Body Negative (due 11th October on FatCat Records) is stuffed with frenetic, jagged guitars, pounding drums and intense vocals, carried forward with the charge of youthful spunk and propulsive energy. But beneath that surface layer, MNNQNS are a band exploring guitar music with much more depth and breadth than your average, in part inspired by the Welsh music scene, following frontman Adrian D’Epinay’s time spent studying in Cardiff.
On the surface the band might resemble a rock band: their music is stuffed with frenetic, jagged guitars that explode in frenzied bursts as pounding drums collide with intense vocals, all of which is carried forward with the charge of youthful spunk and propulsive energy. Yet plunge beneath that surface layer and MNNQNS are evidently a band exploring guitar music with much more depth and breadth than your average. “I like pop, punk or experimental electronic music a lot more than rock,” D’Epinay says. “This is why there are these strange sounds and transitions that come in and out during the album: drones, ambience, drum machines etc.”
The album is a rare record that manages to be both fiery and textural. It combines the charge and speed of a record that resembles a car veering dangerously close to a cliff edge yet also manages to instil a confidence in the ability of the driver. MNNQNS exude a sense of controlled danger and chaos and this permeates throughout their debut. This feverish and unpredictable approach is also represented by the band’s diverse musical tastes and inspirations. If you’ve ever wondered what a record would sound like that shares influences as eclectic as Deerhunter, Death Grips, the Beach Boys, Omni and the films of Jean-Jacques Beineix then wonder no more because MNNQNS debut is the answer.