In this angst-laden world do we want music that distracts and soothes? Or the sort that sets the bells ringing by chucking the filth back in your face? Or do we need a bit of both? Step in this five-piece who are plying a path through the questions that count through a nosh up of punk, disco and shoe gaze.
Like the relationship between their home cities of Portsmouth and Southampton, the music can be melodious and discordant. Jagged guitars are embraced by incidental synth and gritty bass lines. Factor in the punchy drums and the low, interrogating vocal delivery and you have a set of vagabond sounds that stray further afield with the Franco-British backing vocals.
At stake are lyrics that are occasionally poetic, but more frequently engaged in probing the grey areas of everyday life through a prism of nineteenth-century disorders and dilemmas.
The music can summon, it sometimes addresses, but never dictates. Depending on your port of choice, this can be potentially liberating, downright apocalyptic, or maybe something in-between. But wherever you place them, Noise Factory United's mix of foot stomping redemptive possibility is there for the taking.
Vocals/Guitar - Scott Soo
Guitar/Vocals - Stu Powell
Bass Guitar - Steve Phipps
Drums - Miko Gorski
Synth/Vocals - Zena Ide