In Review: Viagra Boys - 'Ain't Nice'

Vintage calculators, defeat, regret, and ruining a relationship beyond all repair are the dominant concerns of VB's most recent single, a self-reflective turn that makes the irreverent post-punks feel more relatable than ever.
Posted: 11 November 2020 Words: Alice Shuttleworth

Swedish post-punk band Viagra Boys recently returned with deliciously naughty tune entitled ‘Ain’t Nice’, along with the promise of a brand spanking new album on the near horizon. The sardonic boys from Stockholm released their first album Street Worms back in 2018, seeing their black humour and playful aggression going down a storm with fans and critics alike. ‘Ain’t Nice’ is the prelude to their hotly anticipated next album, irreverently entitled Welfare Jazz, which descends upon the masses on January 8th next year.

Refreshingly, Viagra Boys embellish their post-punk cacophony of chaos not with political point scoring, like many others tend to do, but with humour and a story to tell about real life defeat, regret, and anguish. The discordantly jarring bass line of ‘Ain’t Nice’ pairs beautifully with Sebastian Murphy’s brutally honest tongue-in-cheek lyrics about his large collection of vintage calculators and demanding requests to take over his partners space. This 'un-nice' behaviour ultimately messes up his relationship beyond all repair. 

‘Ain’t Nice’ instills a feeling of casual self-reflective agitation that is recognisable and relatable without being blatant or stereotypical, you instantly recognise either yourself or someone you know in the lyrics and it’s impossible not to smile. The feeling of cocky self-assuredness oozes throughout 'Ain't Nice', encouraging more mischief with each listen - the perfect anthem for the weekend ahead.

Welfare Jazz is out on 8th January via YEAR0001.

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