19 Apr 2017

"Aryan Nation", Introducing the Political Fuzz of Erika M. Anderson

The world is baying for political music, and the fuzzed-out noise-pop of EMA might be what we all need. Aryan Nation may be on the nose with its politics, but it's instantaneous guitar thrills and Anderson's own raucous, husky voice provides the perfect sonic backdrop for such a commentary.

Her narrative tone is that of both the downtrodden working class (of America) and the marginalised voice of feminist alterity, asking us “if you can’t see yourself in a famous man, is it because he’s a man, or because he’s famous?” Straight up with her political leanings, Anderson's lyrics are straightforward and catchy, perfectly putting what we're all thinking into words. Understandably, with everything in the world turning more and more into a shitstorm by the day, we need more guitar-wielding artists like this, as increasingly punk is getting more and more self indulgent, whilst indie music seems to be by and large getting more apolitcal by the second.

Sonically, EMA has much in common with Cherry Glazerr, one of my other recent obsessions to arrive outta the states. The combination of swooshing rock guitars atop more refined tones and beats with an intimidatingly cool frontwoman establishes EMA, just like Cherry Glazerr, as one of the most exciting bands to emerge from America over recent years. What Anderson manages to do though, is add an emotiveness to the glacial, fuzzed out guitars to give Aryan Nation even more of an anthemic feel - this track is stratospheric.

Two albums under the EMA moniker to date, the third album is out later this year, Erika M. Anderson is just what we've been waiting for. Fuzzy and raucous guitar music, with high production values and sharp lyricism, Aryan Nation poises Anderson to release one of the most poignant and greatest guitar records of the year.

(Words: Cal Cashin)