From the middle of the English rock and metal giants homeland of Birmingham, UK Nishi have already become a firm fan favourite on the live scene, the five piece blending a heady mix of iconic rock riffs with an unpredictable live set that can see them caroling the crowd with their own songs one minute, setting the place afire with their cover of Lapdance by N.E.R.D. the next.
With their second release, Walking On Glass, Nishi have managed to both justify their live reputation whilst cementing their intent of refusing to be just a band on your iPod.
As a snapshot on the un-spoken layers of social-strata whereby we try to go one better than the next man – as the chorus suggests, to keeping ‘up with the Jonese’ -it also holds stark similarities through lyrical wordplay to the unfortunate side-effects of coming down from a drug fuelled high, aka Jonesing
Kicking off with a juxtaposing call and response of bass, guitar and drums it’s clear why the single is on the most requested list when performed live; fists get pumped rhythmically in the air to the beat and a defiant march of adrenalin steels your resolve to face whatever obstacles lay ahead.
Dissolving to a much steadier, deliberate pace the song ingratiates itself into your company, guides you through the shadows cast in the verse with the sensation of a loaded gun in its pocket.
A spine chilling trill sends the hairs on the back of the neck skyward in trepid anticipation, the vocals darkening and the skies turning black in announcement of the forthcoming malestrom of a chorus; leading you into an unwavering charge of storming the bridge, it’s not that difficult to imagine hearing the song echoing around the tank that’s just rolled its way through the enemy stronghold defences to the strains of exploding scenery and bad-guys.
Swinging back to the bass-fed groove pouring down our sweated brows the verse comes as stark relief in contrast to the adrenalin injection of the chorus; standing on the edge between anticipation and frustration the rhythm teases you along, drawing you into the build up of the pre-chorus and the explosion to follow.
From such a high to the lows with the second verse pulling our reigns in, the groove from before guiding our step as we fight to get back to the rush of emotion so recently tasted.
Breaking away from the fireworks to a moments reflection of calm, clear insight of the insanity that has become everyday life Nishi allows you a brief respite to catch your breath before the build and rush of the outro; spurring you to the highest plateaus of untennable depths the song brings you to a satisfied climax of cymbals and screams and a defiant call of everything looking ‘like happy to me’ .
Intense and rewarding Walking On Glass deserves its place in your playlist and Nishi a place in the charts.