It's Not Nothin'


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Workin’ Man Noise Unit finally return with their second album proper ‘It’s Not Nothin’, the eagerly awaited follow up to ‘Play Loud’ which was released in 2015 to great acclaim ...

‘Play Loud is packed with no-nonsense meat-feast riffs accompanied by a swirling background breeze. ‘Yeah, I Was Hypnotized’ hints towards a potential knack for Torche-esque poppiness before it audaciously decelerates to a sludgier wallow. That the band’s rowdy dual vocals start to remind you of Fugazi, which only sweetens the whole damn deal’ (The Quietus)

“We must celebrate this most punctual of albums which hits a nerve left abandoned for too long. It’s sheer veracity is a blast of fresh air and places itself as a prime piece of rock and roll from these shores. We need bands like this, they show us that it doesn’t have to be all humdrum seriousness” (Artrocker)

“Reading's own noiseniks, Workin' Man Noise Unit infuse the whole fucking thing with a love of Albini, Jesus Lizard, and Fugazi. They are agitated from start to finish as they pour their entire bodily fluids into new long-player, the aptly titled Play Loud. This is agitated, cathartic rock played at a nihilistic intensity” (Soundblab)

“As the band has progressed, they’ve been edging into an area that is more of the 70’s riff-rock vein but dressed up with a larger amount of distortion/noise, kind reminiscent to stuff like Torche, Fu Manchu, Kyuss, and Karp. If that’s your cup of tea, then Workin’ Man Noise Unit will likely be of interest as they are certainly capable of hanging in there with the more prominent bands of the genre and their mantra of “play loud” ends up being more than just for show” (Built On A Weak Spot)

About the band ...

Hello. Our crummy band is called WORKIN' MAN NOISE UNIT. Apostrophe, no G. (Yeah, all the good names were taken, OK) From Reading, UK. We are drums, noise, bass, guitar, vocals, sound, energy, bad jokes, the smell of stale beer on sticky floors. Hit a few chords, see how it sounds. Live, tonight, not sold out.

WORKIN’ MAN NOISE UNIT started in 2010. Since then we’ve played on stages the size of a postage stamp and smaller than that too. And the back rooms of pubs and clubs and restaurants and record stores and pizza establishments and stinking practice rooms. In arts centres and galleries and warehouses and member-run community spaces. In dank basements, a flat in a shopping centre, an old bank vault, a crypt, a bicycle shop. Etc. Plus a few respectable venues accidentally allowed us in to make a racket along the way too.

And we’re still doing it because making music with your mates is fucking ace, isn’t it?

It’s been a good ride so far. We’ve heard great music and met great people. Can no longer hold a conversation in a loud room because of screaming tinnitus but it’s probably been worth it. Pardon?

Our new record is called IT’S NOT NOTHIN’ and it has 11 songs and it’s out on the top notch Riot Season Records. It was recorded, mixed and mastered by Wayne Adams at BearBitesHorse. We reckon he even managed to make us sound half-decent, despite our best efforts. Have a listen to it if you fancy.

And then we’re getting back in a van loaded full of half-broken amps and weighed down by LPs and it all carries on. Dreaming of hot meals and bladder control. The motorway again. Set lists written on the back of old flyers and wetherspoons receipts. Snyder’s hot buffalo wing pretzel pieces, a.k.a. gold medals, washed down with buckfast. And how nice are chips? Well nice.

Come see us play our new songs, say hi.

Sat 27 October - South St Arts Centre, Reading w/ Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs

Fri 16 November - The Square Centre, Nottingham w/ Grey Hairs

Sat 17 November - Brave Exhibitions Festival @ The Cluny, Newcastle Upon Tyne w/ Terminal Cheesecake, ILL, Lower Slaughter, Bilge Pump + loads more greats

Sun 18 November - The Wagon and Horses, Birmingham

Fri 7 December – Album Launch Party @ South St Arts Centre w/ Typical Hunks

Sat 8 December - Album Launch Party @ Shacklewell Arms w/ Luminous Bodies, Typical Hunks - FREE ENTRY

Sun 9 December - Pipeline, Brighton


released November 23, 2018


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Track Name: Opener
Heard the world's this big big place but I spend all of my time playing guitar nodding my head staring at the floor pushin' the red. And I'm good n ripped fingers move strings vibrate all possibilities alive never feels too late. I close my eyes let it wash over me now, world starts moving to a beat, this is mine yeah I am free, only place i can ever see me stickin around. Come on and gimme the volume, gimme the sound, every single inch, my body, my mind, my soul, there's no one else around. And it's live tonight empty room no daylight human smell not sold out it never is 'cept I don't care, yer know that this could be nothing but this is not nothing, not nothing never was, I think I exist to be doing this, I think I exist to be doing this. And I close my eyes let it wash over me, world still moving to a beat, this is mine yeah I am free, this is where I wanna be, all of the evil in this town, of yourself and of those around, better stand up be unafraid, don't let it be a daydream. Everything eases down now to slow motion to steady hum no expectations no distractions no disbelief just empty rooms to be filled with sound pressed grooves to be spun around I'm sweating shouting wired channelling full and long held back sensation the songs energy volume surround the ride movement motion sound electricity tonight's the night and now's the time and all you need to know is there's no rules no-one can tell you what to do or how to feel who to be for one second you believe and yer capture it yer feel it in the context the moment good n ripped you can take it all right now yer can take it all
Track Name: Transcranial
Clouds are forming ahead
The path fades to black
Can't see the woods for the trees
Will I find any way back?

Take me with
You they say
Don't you go
By yourself again
Turn my back
Don't need them
What a fool I am
Start to regret

Into the wild now
Trying to watch my step
Trip and stumble on the overgrowth
I’m crying out for help
Run to the clearing
Panic fully set
Lose my footing on the river bank
The current pulls me in

Ride this calm
Follow the stream
Cool breeze on skin
Lie back and breathe
Night sky above
Lost in that space
Stars my destination now
All else out of reach
I'm hurtling up now
Left my body behind
Bathed in burning ozone
And ultraviolent light
Race through this cosmos
My fate is sealed
Now I realise
I’ll never see them again

It's my end of days
Don't want the praise
Keep your eulogies
This dance with death
Will it grant me peace?
Was this a mistake?
Well it's too late
Am I sorry friend?
Track Name: Turn It Off
Hear yer talk yer talk nah but I don't listen to it
Useless words pissing right out of yer mouth
Is just pollution made just a waste just forget about it
Future promises unreal world inner slump yeah c’mon

Turn it off I can't turn it off
My mind too burned my thoughts stick like glue
Got a bad attitude know I'm no fun I keep losing I keep going wrong
I don't want tomorrow I don't need it
Turn it off

Live in a trance a trance am fading in am fading out n thru it
I won’t break the spell can't start clean over again
I walk alone looking down watch my feet make sense of nothing
Future promises linger on linger yeah c’mon
Track Name: Sloucher
Why should I be happy with everything I’ve got?
Why must I spend my energy on trying to change the tide?

Staring at the screen
Mad at what I read
Shouting at the obscene
No doubting what I believe

Quick to close off my open mind
Too arrogant to see things from the other side
So sure to judge as if I know what’s best
In reality I’m as clueless as the rest

When will I put things into action, instead of this inaction, or am I full of shit?
Can I really tolerate the intolerant, and can they do the same?

Practice what I say
Start by looking deep
If I want to see a difference
I’d better start with me

Quick to close off my open mind
Too arrogant to see things from the other side
So sure to judge as if I know what’s best
In reality I’m as clueless as the rest
Track Name: Workin' Man Blues
6 in the morning, on my way to work, dirty and tired as I reach the building site
My skull is electric, my body is feeling the strain, carrying a mountain of bricks
I feel the pain
I got the workin’ man’s blues

Drinking a beer on my lunchbreak, my body still feeling the strain
Can’t shake this hangover, comes back again and again
I got the workin’ man’s blues

Day after day, same old shit, decades to the finishing line
So sick n fuckin’ tired of it
I got the workin’ man’s blues
Track Name: Holsten Thrills
More of the same
Why do you keep on playing this game?

Another bust
You’re on the floor, you’re on your arse

They give you nothing
You owe ‘em nothing in return

Ruin’s a sure thing
So crack open a bottle again



Maybe nothing’s as it seems
Maybe it’s a lucid dream
Maybe you’ll wake up one day
And maybe all this hell gives way

Bullshit this is it
You’re wide awake in a fucking state
Keep walking on by yourself again
Lost on your own you made the same mistakes
But you find your friends over that hill
With welcome arms and promise of those Holsten thrills

Eyes wide and tears of joy feel alive again in their embrace
Dust yourself down breathe it in not a care in the world or an ounce of despair
The first time since god knows when oh man oh man got a plan a plan
With love standing by your side you can do anything and go anywhere

We kill the light
When we’re alone
But in union
We illuminate
Track Name: Rathaus
Yeah yer so forgiving and so benevolent, I bet yer shit smells like roses too
Seen yer take away the money, watch yer hold yer hands up, pretend that they were tied but you know that ain’t true
it’s not alright
yer say take yer medicine, ask why we actin’ reticent, well what do yer reckon take a wild guess
not just the way I’m feeling, yeah cuz it’s you who’s cheapening this with the way yer act
it’s not alright
yer try not to take it so personally but it is what it is it affects you and me
got this disconnect growing, all this blaming yer see, depends whose lies do yer want to believe
do yer feel it
Track Name: Pink Roses
I’ve got a question you don’t have to answer yet
You can think about it
But what you see is what you get so don’t forget
I’m just another person looking to score
Why’s it matter who I want to love?
Why you choose to judge I never know

Are you unhappy or scared or hurt?
I’m not the cause I’m just another lost soul
But I choose love

You see me standing alone on the train
Why do you think it’s ok to touch?
What makes it ok to act this way?
The answer’s nothing: no ifs, no buts
It’s not a matter of no means no
More a case of only yes means yes

Are you unhappy or scared or hurt?
I’m not the cause I’m just another lost soul
But I choose love

If you give me a shake
My petals might fall
But if you make that mistake
If you grab me I’ll make you bleed
I’m not a thorn in your side
I’m not here to hurt you
All I see is a beautiful world
And I’m not your enemy
Track Name: Sud Ripper
I just got in
Can’t wait for a good night’s kip
My phone starts to ring
You’re on the other end

You want to go for a drink
You got the midweek blues and the cure is booze
You’re going to drag me out
You’re dragging me out

Well I have to admit
I don’t need that much convincing
Maybe one or two beers
Just one or two beers

Now it’s getting late
Some good chat while we’ve been knocking them back
My mind gave me the slip
It gave me the slip

I’ll feel this in the morning
Never heed my own warning
It’s yesterday played out again
I guess tomorrow’s another day

First let’s head back to mine
A few shorts and put the world to rights
Have you got any smokes?
Maybe a little toke

Now my head’s in a fog
It’s light soon, it’s going to be a slog
But I don’t do regrets
I don’t do regrets

I’ll feel this in the morning
Never heed my own warning
It’s yesterday played out again
I guess tomorrow’s another day
Track Name: Springer
I been where you are now with the negative head
Nothing much that you can do to put yer mind to rest
Have to tell myself I’m not looking back
I’m gonna live in the now

That’s when I realise it’s nothing at all
When you say all the stuff that you said when we were walking about
Is when I get the feeling that I don’t wanna fall
‘Cause I been down, don’t wanna go there again

You remember what it’s like, the negative head
You got no space, you can’t breathe, the walls closing in
Have to tell myself I’m not looking back
This is how I wanna live, I wanna live in the now
Track Name: Become The Scum
I was there standing round when it happened but I just closed my eyes, did yer hear about it, yer must have heard about it, everyone was talking so loud
I been actin’ so tough, I been pretending that I am just fine but what I saw what I heard what I felt, don’t like it that much, is a stupid game, leaves me feeling rough
Shut my eyes and start thinking, I zone in I zone out, am I now a straight thug another cog is it a stretching of time
Gold top I drink it down, all my mistakes, be what yer not, I drink it all the way, to forget, to leave it drifting
All the way down
I don’t wanna become the scum
What if I already am

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