The Flexibles to play live at Counterflows Festival

The Flexibles

The Flexibles will be playing at this years Counterflows Festival in Glasgow which takes place between 2nd - 5th April. Richard Youngs is the festivals featured artist, with Sorley Youngs and Andrew Paine joining him for what will be the Flexibles first live performance of 2015.

The debut single 'Cities of the Narrow Universe' is still available via the following link: Nyali 10 The Flexibles - Cities of the Narrow Universe 7"

New Eye and Flexibles reviews.

Fantastic reviews of both the Eye - Winterwork LP and The Flexibles 7" have appeared on Still Single ( courtesy of Bill Meyer. The Eye LP also featured on Tiny Mix Tapes a few months back. Both releases can be purchased through the site, or alternatively ordered from Volcanic Tongue (UK), Fusetron (US), Eclipse Records (US), Norman Records (UK) and Alberts Basement (Australia).

Eye – Winterwork LP from Still Single.


This free noise trio has been surfing the free noise wave for over a decade, but a paucity of recordings has kept Peter Porteous (Lapdog), Nathan Thompson (Sleep, Renderizors, Sandoz Lab Technicians), and Peter Stapleton (Sleep, Dadamah, Victor Dimisich Band, etc.) from registering outside of the South Island of New Zealand. This LP was reportedly recorded years ago and delayed by the usual record company troubles, and its release in a pressing of 250 on a Scottish label may honor a NZ underground tradition (cheers, Avalanche!), but it still feels a bit like a letter slipped under the door. When you open it, be sure your face is shielded, because its sulfurous blast will pit your face with gunpowder. And unlike your typical letter bomb, it automatically reloads and blows again every time it spins.

Eye’s music treads the same basic path as 21st century Dead C., but it walks with its own, very distinctive stride. The two guitars grind out clouds of smoking noise, but with a synchronous fit that makes it hard (and pointless) to mull over which is which. This isn’t Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir, or Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood; this is a nameless swarm rolling up your walk like a gaseous entity with lethal intent. The drums drive implacable, with none of that beat-swapping ADHD business like Robbie Yeats uses to destabilize the Dead C; whatever their target is, consider it nailed. Somewhere on side two some atmospheric bell tones float in, a momentary breather before the maelstrom pulls you under. Turntable detritus floats out of the murk near the end, like the yield of a dynamite fishing expedition, and there’s a good chance that you’re one of the carcasses. Damned fine stuff. (
(Bill Meyer)


The Flexibles – Cities of the Narrow Universe 7” EP from Still Single.

Richard Youngs is so prolific and ready to collaborate that it was probably never a matter of if he would make a record with his son Sorley, but when. That day came about a year ago, when the kid turned up on his pop’s so-called country record for Ba-Da-Bing! But here he’s a full-fledged member of the band, not a guest. Kids lucky enough to grow up around record players know that one of the best things you can do with a record is put your find down while it’s playing and laugh at the monster voices, and the two Youngses (plus Andrew Paine, the third Flexible) put that impulse to work throughout these three songs. On the A side, low, rubbery vocals descend into a randomly programmed rhythm maelstrom, matching mutter for thump; Papa Youngs’ untreated lead voice slings one repeated line over the fray. The two songs on the other side are fairly similar. Like so many Youngs records, it’s about as essential as a diary page. It might be barely remarkable, but if it’s yours you won’t want to tear it out. For what? The day will come when recollection will put a smile on your face. (

(Bill Meyer)


Eye -Winterwork LP from Tiny Mix Tapes.

Pairing nicely with my first reading ofErewhon Calling, New Zealand’s Eye are a fantastic microcosm of a never ending well of inspiration from an island nation barely 4 million strong. Even as the socioeconomic forces threaten to envelope most of us in a wet blanket of commonality, there are those in New Zealand’s noisiest recesses–as there are tribal communities and castaways deep within unexplored continental jungles and frozen tundras–that have eschewed our new formality to continue exploring the outlier and asinine.Winterwork is such an LP and thank the no wave deconstructionists of yore for such a blessed gem. Though hesitant to apply the same fundamentals and acting principles behind Eye that were at work for no wavers of a certain era, the idea that music is a continuing waterfall that needs a few barrel jumpers in its flow to cause a rethink is evident in the retro-evolution at work within the trio’s frosty distortion. The tumult of our swollen society, turns out, is heard by those in isolation as coloring. No matter how cut off by appearances, something in the magnetic field carries those vibrations. Winterwork is such an interpretation; the music of the last stop between civilization and antarctic quarantine. So now that we know the source of their power, now we must find how its harnessed. Eye is giving no discernible clues, true guardians of a noise knowledge best left to those unfazed by our power suit culture overlap. With only 250 copies in existence, however, you can bet someone will lust to turn this rarity into a commodity.


Nyali releases available to buy on the website.

All available Nyali releases can be purchased through the Nyali website, including the new Eye - Winterwork LP and The Flexibles - Cities of the Narrow Universe 7". Visit the releases page for more info.

Eye & The Flexibles reviews from Volcanic Tongue.

A big thanks to Volcanic Tongue for the wonderful reviews of our new vinyl releases!

Eye - Winterwork (Nyali 9 - LP)

Staggering full-length vinyl debut from this amazing New Zealand drone/rock group with connections that go deep into the whole Flying Nun/Xpressway/Metonymic scene in an edition of only 250 copies on 140g vinyl and with liner notes from Bruce Russell of The Dead C: Eye is a mind-flailing trio in the classic NZ style that features the legendary Peter Stapleton on drums (who has played with everyone from The Pin Group through Scorched Earth Policy, Victor Dimisich Band, Terminals, Flies Inside The Sun and more), Peter Porteous on guitar and Nathan Thompson on guitar and samples. As Russell says in his liners, Eye have the uncanny ability “to make time flow backwards” and across this stunning set they do violence to notions of linearity and past and future. No one can bisect a drone with the kind of uncanny feel for full group levitation as Peter Stapleton and here he is on true time-killing form, building violent cymbal ascensions over rainbows of overtone-thick amplifier worship as the 12 strings blossom into almost choral-primitive shapes, conjuring a form of ancient>future devotional music that feels supremely lonely and distant, touching on the magical voids-away feel of Roy Montgomery or Grouper while mainlining the post-Xpressway keys to the kingdom. Eye come out of the classic tradition of hands-on group-dynamic drone, taking off on lessons learned from collectives like AMM, MEV and, of course, The Velvet Underground and this is a tradition that has been central to the evolution of the NZ underground, with less solo drone workers and more big-band/group-playing freak focus, with a focus on actual hand-on playing to generate the kinda sounds that would bring down the skies. And this is it, one of the monumental contemporary drone summits from a buncha players who know. One of the major long-form statements of the year and a massive statement of intent from the Glasgow-based Nyali label’s new vinyl incarnation. Beautifully packaged with a hand-numbered risographed insert, this is a monster. Highest possible recommendation!


The Flexibles - Cities of the Narrow Universe (Nyali 10 - 7")

Edition of only 250 copies debut 7” from a new Glasgow based collapsed power trio featuring Richard Youngs, his son Sorley Youngs (six years old at the time of the recording of this EP) and Andrew Paine: safe to say you have never heard anything remotely like this. The A side, “Oh Volcanio” (do they mean us?!) features a brain-mangling monochord riff that comes straight out of the early Throbbing Gristle/Zyklon-B Zombie school while Richard repeats the title in thrilling arcs of Church Of England glory while Sorley makes with down-tuned/screwed vocal that come over like Darth Vader narrates early Whitehouse, rhythm boxes spit out clunky, off rhythms ala Tori Kudo/Jutok Kaneko and guitars and bass bleed pure electricity. It’s disturbing, hermetic, gloriously out and massively life affirming. The flip features two tracks that take the devolved rock/pop Industrial brut into new levels of early Cabaret Voltaire style electro lurch complete with more peaking/down-tuned vocals, dunting rhythms, occult whispers and OTT DIY art strategies reduced to new depths/peaks. Hands-down the single of the year, can’t see anything coming close on the format as it feels these three are birthing a whole new form of spontaneous rock music here. Rumours of a full-length forthcoming on No Fans; this is the goddamn source. Too much and highest possible recommendation!!

New vinyl releases from Eye and The Flexibles.

Nyali Recordings are excited to announce the first vinyl releases on the label.

Eye - Winterwork (Nyali 9 - LP)

Eye are a free-rock trio with roots that run deep into the New Zealand underground. Their collective CV includes The Pin Group, Scorched Earth Policy, Victor Dimisich Band, The Terminals, Flies Inside The Sun, Dadamah, Sandoz Lab Technicians,  and Sleep to name a few. The Winterwork LP successfully captures an incredible group that has been operating for over 10 years, with five tracks that showcase their blend of ferocious drum pounding free rock and swelling guitars that brood blissfully. Winterwork cements their position as one of the key experimental rock groups operating in New Zealand and beyond, and is destined to be a future NZ classic.  140 gram vinyl limited to 250 copies with liner notes by Bruce Russell (The Dead C). 


The Flexibles - Cities of the Narrow Universe (Nyali 10 - 7")

Cities of the Narrow Universe is the debut release for a Glasgow based band that features Andrew Paine, Richard Youngs, and Sorley Youngs. The Flexibles are a power trio like no other that trade guitars, bass, percussion and vocals to create a dense blend of grubby riffs, sparse electronics, out-of-step beats and soaring / disturbing vocal interplay. That Sorley was only 6 years old at the time of recording is mind boggling. Stunningly singular set of songs that will leave you joyfully dumbfounded and desiring more. Limited to 250 copies. 

Both releases will be available on the site from next week. 

Nyali releases now available to buy on the website.

You can now purchase Nyali releases through the website. Visit the releases page to find a specific artist / album, and paypal buttons can be found within each release page. Unfortunately Nyali 4 - Kawaguchi Masami's New Rock Syndicate is now sold out, however all other releases are still available. Don't forget to sign up to our mailing list to be kept up to date on news and future releases. 

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Free Download of an unreleased Smoke Jaguar track.

Feel free to download an exclusive unreleased track from Smoke Jaguar. This track came from the sessions that made up the 'Clachan Flats' cassette on Sonic Oyster Records. Enjoy!

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Smoke Jaguar live video now on YouTube.

A full live performance from Smoke Jaguar, live at Glasgow's Halt Bar Hijack Festival from 2010, is now available at the Nyali Recordings YouTube channel.

This performance, along with their set at the Subcurrent Festival in 2010 make up the Dead '77 album, which is still available on CDr. An excerpt from the Subcurrent show can be heard over at the release page:


Welcome to the new website.


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