Lairy, likeable Nova Twins could be the next big British rock band
Two years ago, Nova Twins’ first album asked its creators a question in its title: Who Are The Girls? A riot of huge, bouncy rock, hip-hop beats, Molotov energy and messages of equality and unity, their bold, creative hitting was thrilling noise, while in vocalist/guitarist Amy Love and the Georgia South bassist, there was a pair of new, ultra-charismatic stars waiting. And then, of course, Covid put the brakes on.
This forced break did nothing more than make the pair even harder to get out of traps. Indeed, one of their first dates as gigs reappeared last September was to spend a week watching the country’s arenas open for Bring Me The Horizon’s huge UK tour. Their second album, Supernova, has been completed and is due out in June. On Friday night, headlining London’s Heaven under their own banner at their biggest hometown gig to date, dressed in sequined gold costumes and backed by a dazzling neon light show, the duo were to dynamite.
Sonically, the skeleton of Nova Twins is similar to that of Rage Against The Machine three decades ago, with a colorful modern touch and a deep desire to dance. There wasn’t a moment when either of them weren’t energetically moving and twisting to the thick grooves of Vortex, the OTT story of heartbroken revenge by KMB or the recent rush single towards Cleopatra sugar. Half the time, Love’s guitar was redundant, as she instead freed herself to hit the stage or pace the front rows.
Either way, South had enough with his bass for a full band. Thanks to a bank of Nasa-sized effects pedals, his catchy, bouncy riffs were augmented with all manner of sound, often managing to tread the same territory as Rage Against The Machine’s evil guitarist Tom Morello. , and sometimes even The Prodigy.
Tied to all of this, the Nova Twins have big hearts and a desire for something common among their fans. A sign at the merchandising table stated “No homophobia. No racism. No transphobia. No sexism. No ableism,” while, introducing Bullet, South had his own words. “You’ve seen the signs, you know what we stand for,” she announced. “No matter who you are, what you look like, everyone is welcome here.” It might be a pretty standard stage conversation, but Nova Twins create something really joyful. Their message is delivered not with searing anger, but with a frank and welcoming positivity that is almost aggressive in its insistence. Nobody smiled.
Places like Heaven – with a capacity of less than 2,000 people – already feel too small to contain Nova Twins, who have proven they can do business in a venue no less than the O2, and do it very well . Both airy and likeable, Supernova could well turn out to be an ominous title.
Who are the girls? One of the most exciting new prospects in British rock.