Noise Factory United – “MinotaurE”


The third single from UK act Noise Factory United, “MinotaurE” is a sturdy rocker that plays as “a feminist hymn to confidence and collective agency,” per the band. A scathing critique on those who embrace domineering abuse and control, “MinotaurE” is another standout from the band, who first caught our ears in November with the track “It’s not the first one that counts.”

A murky post-punk rhythmic undercurrent complements a moody vocal crawl to start, bursting into an array of expressive guitars as vocals fade. A ghostly backing immerses upon the vocal re-emergence, with shout-y invigoration adding past the one-minute turn; the band’s gripping dynamics are on quick display here, from the nocturnal post-punk inclinations to more punk-friendly ardency in the structural culmination. The line “cesse cessons, secessions!” aligns aptly with themes of rejecting control and oppression, advocating for a cessation of harmful influences and detaching from toxicity. “MinotaurE” is another resonating success from Noise Factory United (NFU).

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Emerging Indie Rock.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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