Heavy-ass hip hop with a side of Patton? Hear NK’s “Shoulder Gorilla”

NK: Nothing to Be Gained HereNK: Nothing to Be Gained Here (Triple Crown, 5/21/13)

As music lovers, we await those rare projects that combine familiar and new elements in unique, indescribable ways. Comprised of singer/guitarist Ryan Hunter (Envy on the Coast), bassist Michael Sadis (The Rivalry), and drummer Billy Rymer (The Dillinger Escape Plan), NK is one of those projects.

The group’s debut album, coming in three weeks, is a mash of Deftones-style groove riffs, heavy hip hop, shoegaze, post-punk, and soulful down-tempo jams, topped by Hunter’s alternate croons and half-raps. On “Shoulder Gorilla,” he channels his inner Mike Patton — specifically, Patton’s collaboration with The X-Ecutioners — as dirty synths and dirtier guitars bang heads across the land. And this all comes courtesy of one of the least-boring “lyric videos” that we’ve ever seen.

Pre-order the album here, including on orange, blue, or white vinyl.

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