Nocturnal Animals Raise Their Middle Fingers with ‘Passive Tone’ And Announce Their Debut EP ‘Paint A Picture’

by the partae

Previous support for Nocturnal Animals

“Are Nocturnal Animals inviting a mosh or a dance frenzy? Both I reckon.”
(Declan Byrne, Triple J)
[About ‘Dancing In The Blood’]

“A great blend of power and warmth. Nocturnal Animals reeled me in then blew my face off.”
(Lachie Pringle, Triple J)
[About ‘Where’s My Mind Been?’]

“A slowburn of an indie punk track, combining some really nice sonic elements! Can defs sense that Weezer influence, we love to hear it.”
4 / 5 stars (Pip Rasmussen, Triple J)

“With each and every one of their tracks, the Adelaide-based alt-rockers have struck gold, leaving us to seriously question just what magic tricks they have up their sleeves.” 
(Hysteria Mag)

“They’re hitting where it hurts with post-breakup bitterness, but in a way that just sounds so good” 
(Heavy Mag)

“Nocturnal Animals pack a punch with their raw alt-rock/punk sound” 
(Aus Music Scene)

Stream ‘Passive Tone’ 

After a string of successful singles, skeleton punk-rockers Nocturnal Animals share their lead single ‘Passive Tone’ from their awaited debut EP–’Paint A Picture’ (out November 4).

Nocturnal Animals are anything but passive. Sculpting a strong sound from fuzzy guitars, heavy-handed drums and anthemic punk vocals, the Adelaide/Tarndanya three-piece have already found strong local support, earning themselves support slots with the DZ Deathrays, The Buoys, Nerve and Psychedelic Porn Crumpets.

After a successful tour across Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne following their last release, ‘A Simple Fuck You’, the high-strung punk-rock revivalists have announced their latest single ahead of their anticipated debut EP.

Passive Tone’ starts with a melancholic acoustic guitar, arpeggiating chords that hint at the burst of resentment about to come. The punch of the drums pushes you away from the passive aggression and disdain from the people pulling you down. The track channels the discomfort and annoyance of being treated worthlessly into a punk march, helping you pull yourself up from your bootstraps. Nocturnal Animals give us some insight into the single:

Passive Tone is about the feeling of someone not being able to say it to your face; they speak in a passive tone making you feel like you aren’t worth their time.”

These themes flow into the other five tracks on ‘Paint a Picture’, preparing the palette for the EPs release on November 4. ‘Paint a Picture’ builds on themes of navigating problematic relationships, tackling societal pressures and flying a middle finger to all the people who bag you behind your back.

Including their latest release, ‘A Simple Fuck You’, ‘Paint A Picture’ channels this energy throughout the EP with varying elements of Pop-punk, Punk-rock and careless vigour. Oozing with scathing energy, Nocturnal Animals explore the moments where you drop all your pent up anger and emotional investment and squash it into the cement with the heel of your Doc Martens.

Standing up to the weight of stresses and burden imposed by others in your life, Nocturnal Animals lend us some words about ‘Paint A Picture’:

Paint A Picture is a fuck you with a smile! The emotions of letting go of all your cares and saying a simple fuck you to all the people that have given you grief with a passive tone. You will go through a musical journey through letters and pages from a diary that represent the feeling of coming into your own; walking with the confidence of not giving a shit whilst recognising underneath that you’re scared.”

Since their inception in 2019, Nocturnal Animals have already garnered the attention from notable radio stations Triple J, Triple J Unearthed, Radio Adelaide and many other community radio stations. Propelling the punk revival movement, staple punk media outlets Hysteria Mag, HEAVY Mag and Punktuation, alongside Scenestr, The Faction and Aus Music Scene.

Prime yourself for Nocturnal Animals’ ‘Passive Tone’ on the 7th of October and their debut EP, ‘Paint A Picture’ on November 4.

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