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Album Of The Week: Nova Twins | Who Are The Girls?

The London grime-punk duo take no prisoners on their dynamic, devastating debut.

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WHO ARE THEY? Singer-guitarist Amy Love and bassist Georgia South, a high-powered London grime-punk duo who have been around since 2014, touring behind the likes of Wolf Alice, Fever 333 and Prophets of Rage — which prompted guitarist Tom Morello to call them “The best band you’ve never heard.” He was right. But here’s your chance to rectify that.

WHAT IS THIS? Their long-gestating, long-overdue first album — and the most distinctive, dynamic and devastating debut of the year so far.

WHAT DOES IT SOUND LIKE? A thunderiffic mashup of rock, rap, grime, punk, pop, grunge, metal and anything else that strikes Love and South’s fancy. Their meaty, beaty, big and bouncy songs come anchored by walloping hip-hop grooves, driven by grinding subterranean basslines, fuelled by serrated power-chord guitar riffage and topped with take-no-prisoners lyrics and vocals that lurch from sultry raps to flamethrower screams at the drop of a beat. On top of that, they know how to write songs that get instantly and indelibly wedged deep inside your noggin.

WHAT ARE THE MOST REVEALING LYRICS? “Shake shake shake until your brain melts.”

WHAT SHOULD IT BE TITLED? Girls Most Likely To Succeed. And Kick Ass.

HOW SHOULD I LISTEN TO IT? While going apeshit in the middle of the circle pit at a punk club — or at least in the middle of your living room.

WHAT 10 WORDS SUM IT UP? Massive, swaggering, seismic, defiant, frenetic, diverse, mangled, incendiary, sludgy, addictive.

WHAT ARE THE BEST SONGS? Honestly, there’s not a dud track in this 10-song monster. Nova Twins hit the ground running with the slamming opener Vortex and don’t look back, blasting their way through a 31-minute display of lean, mean power and propulsion.

WHAT WILL MY FRIENDS SAY? ‘Thank you for introducing me to my new favourite band.’

HOW OFTEN WILL I LISTEN TO IT? You might as well just put this sucker on repeat, crank up the volume and walk away.

IF THIS ALBUM WERE A CATACLYSM, WHAT WOULD IT BE? An F5 tornado that touches down during an earthquake.

SHOULD I BUY, STREAM OR STEAL IT? If the videos below aren’t enough to sell you, nothing will. And we are not friends.