“I often think of Nasalrod as a cartoon character, and the music that character listens to is the music we make,” said Chairman, vocalist and frontman of Nasalrod. This is an oddly accurate introduction to the music they make, which flirts between metal, punk, and pop, to create an uproarious, heavy dance-rock sound.
Their show on December 1 of last year celebrated their new 7”, Steward. It is their first release with drummer Spit Stix in their lineup. The band premiered new songs to a hyper-enthused audience, who lifted Chairman off the ground to crowd-surf his body during the set. He said, “I respect a good performer, one that can strike a balance between having an edge and staying light-hearted, and that is what our band strives to do.”
The members of Nasalrod all seem to agree on the point that music should remain multi-faceted, and in turn, be innovative. Guitarist Justin Stimson says, “Whether its metal, pop, or mariachi, it’s just about what you bring to the music. It’s actually challenging to write a decent pop song, and therefore rewarding to explore all genres fully.” Kat Knows (bass, vocals) described their music as, “‘joyful aggressive,” adding, “Above that, passion and delivery are two things we value highly, and these elements are really evident when we perform.”
The band comes from a variety of musical influences, with tastes that range from opera to death metal. This hybrid of flavors works because of the highly cooperative nature of their songwriting. Of their process, Kat said, “Tim [Spit Stix] and Justin will just keep throwing ideas into the pot and Chairman and I will sculpt and shape. They feed off each other, and we’ll whittle it down.” Spit Stix added, “There’s no ego, it’s all opinion. If something doesn’t work out, we move on. It’s a band composition.”
Portland’s diverse music scene has acted as motivation to the quartet, and their creativity is surely paying off. Nasalrod continues to draw in crowds with music that is both loud and rambunctious, meditative and cathartic. Justin said, “In Portland, there’s a drive to create something that excites yourself, and this excitement is passed around. You’re inspired by your friends, and you end up with these incredibly unique and genuine results.”
Check out their website for upcoming shows, and tunes down below! www.nasalrod.com