If there is such a genre as “noise grunge,” Naomi Punk could fit into it. This is a band that defies being compartmentalized as one thing or another. They are just raw energy. Minimal and hard-driving, this trio of vocals, guitar, and drums emits a coarse angst that feels genuine (unlike some of the canned acts of late). Travis Coster’s voice is dark and sneering, but still somehow soothing. The title track is the best on the album—reverb-laden, with sharp guitar riffs over haunting vocals. It even has hints of the darkly melodic sounds of old metal or even the White Stripes. This is the band where your feet would stick to the floor as you stomped at some dive bar or house party.
With their loud live shows and and jarring guitars, this three-piece from Olympia/Seattle is one of the best bands coming out of the Northwest right now, but you wouldn’t know it by their sparse internet presence or the unavailability of their debut album. The secret may be out, however, with the release of Television Man. These guys are like minimalist artists doing things in their own seemingly simple way, but leaving a lasting impression on the audience. »
– Scott McHale