Artist info

Genre

Punk, Rock


Sounds like

Battles, At the Drive-In, HEALTH


band members

Steven Hughes - Guitar / Vox, Dominic Pearce - Bass / Vox, Jake Steele - Keys / Laptop, Matt Bairstow - Drums


Influences

Can, The Melvins, Boredoms


Website

www.injured-ninja.com

Bio

INJURED NINJA were a noise-punk band from Perth, Australia formed in the dark ages of 2007. They released a bunch of loud abrasive music. Ariana Grande infamously ripped off one of their music videos. No, seriously, google it. They self-imploded somewhere around 2012 after releasing two albums ‘Injured Ninja vs. Skylazer’ and ‘Superluminessence’. After touring the Earth and dealing with arts lawyers, dodgy management and other such industry bullsh*t for a few years they decided that the music business sucked, took a break and went off to do a bunch of other projects including working with and around such names as Empire of the Sun, Kûcka, Usurper of Modern Medicine, Weapon is Sound, Tobacco Rat, Selfless Orchestra...

It’s the year 2020. Where the fuck did the time go? Well old habits die old, and old ninjas simply don’t die. This year has bought a lot of messed up shit into the world, and guess what? That includes us. Just when you thought things couldn’t be any further FUBAR Injured Ninja decide to release their first record since 2011 – a five track EP called “TOTAL IMPACT! MAXXX DAMAGE!” and its coming out 27 November, 2020.
Originally, Injured Ninja featured members Steven Alyian, Dominic Pearce, Jake Steele and Matthew Bairstow. With Mr. Steele still hiding out in Melbourne dropping fulltime f*cking bangers in a Rat mask, the remaining three ninjas refined their setup into a traditional power trio. Guitar. Bass. Drums. Amplifiying the raw energy that was at the core of their sound, and leaving the synthesizers behind. Sometimes you have to go backwards to go forwards. Also, laptops on stage are a pain the ass. Let’s keep it real, baby.

“TOTAL IMPACT! MAXXX DAMAGE!”is a furious musical f*ck- fest from the Ninja boys that starts at 110% percent with a sonic sledgehammer to the face, then quickly ramps it up to a full force Kavanaugh senate confirmation hearing pummeling that smile onto your dial with existentialist glee. Sludgy groovy ass bass sits atop violent third-degree burns drums with creamy layers of evocatively lush and harsh guitar waves, whilst Alyian’s singspeak vocals wax euphoric anticapitalist wet dreams

First single ‘Erroneous Monk’(released November 6) is a feel- good onslaught of Ninja noise that expresses the collective bewilderment and disdain of becoming an augmented singularity of information and flesh as we embrace our confusing digital future. Zen. Jam. Zen-jam?

Back in the day INJURED NINJA earned a WAM song of the year award for their song ‘IDDQD’ split with French Rockets in 2010 beating out Eskimo Joe and John Butler, and were crowned ‘Best Hardcore / Punk Act’ in 2012 to the dismay of actual punk bands. They toured Japan and the US and supported the likes of Gang of Four, HEALTH and My Disco. All the band members are film-makers, sound artists and general freaks in various multi- media fields. Hence why its taken so long to get a new record done. Well, that and all the existential futility and tile work on the new bathroom.

Ninja’s back and as furious as ever – and - excited to be here and be able to return to their collective roots and recreate this music that is the cathartic release that we all need right now. Scream into the void and let it scream back to you.

Review

Review by Dave Ruby Howe Dave Ruby Howe

03 Dec 2020

Triple J
40

A surging progressive groove gets all the more sharp with those cheese grater guitar stabs.

A surging progressive groove gets all the more sharp with those cheese grater guitar stabs.

Review

Review by Tommy Faith Tommy Faith

18 Nov 2020

Triple J
40

The natural inclination is to lean towards words like chaos and mayhem with a record like this one especially as you hear it disintegrate in the final seconds, but don't get it twisted, this is a tightly controlled, cleverly delivered slice of heavy heat

The natural inclination is to lean towards words like chaos and mayhem with a record like this one especially as you hear it disintegrate in the final seconds, but don't get it twisted, this is a tightly controlled, cleverly delivered slice of heavy heat

Review

Review by Dave Ruby Howe Dave Ruby Howe

12 Nov 2020

Triple J
40

New Injured Ninja and it's a compelling five minutes of noisy head fckery.

New Injured Ninja and it's a compelling five minutes of noisy head fckery.