NAUT is a 5 piece dark rock band from Bristol, whose shared love of classic rock and metal, alongside reverence for the post-punk pioneers of the late 70s and 80s makes itself known from the start. Their songs switch from raw tribal tom beats to uplifting anthemic synth in a moment, but always stay danceable and perhaps most dangerously, catchy. 

The driving bass-lines and pounding drums create a dynamic and shifting rhythm section which supports the interwoven guitar and synth lines, creating harmonies more akin to NWOBHM than a straight up post-punk revival band. The lyrics emerging from the riffs carry a theme of otherworldly exploration, removing self imposed limits and realising your will. These elements came together to create a release that made people take notice with their debut EP ‘Raise The Lights’ in 2018.

This Friday NAUT will release their follow-up, the ’Semele’ EP, once again recording with Jamie Elton, this time at Ben Capp Studios in Bristol, with mastering by Orgone Studios (Ulver, Grave Pleasures, Ghost) and also featuring a guest solo on the title track from Henrik Palm (In Solitude, Ghost).

Ahead of the release date the band have shared new track ‘Reprise’ adding,

“A circle with no end or beginning, the feeling of being trapped by the repetition of a life you don’t want to be living and the yearning to break free from that current state. The desire and drive to move on into the next phase of life and onto the path we wish to be treading instead of the one the world seems to want to force you down. Repetition weighs like sin, here it is acute, the sense that the clock is ticking. More than ever the three tracks on the Semele EP are a cry against the banality of ‘the safe road’ one could walk and a celebration of the rewards of forging your own way. Reprise is the hope at the end of the path, the manifestation of our will to make our own way and stride apart from the common place.” 

Listen to ‘Reprise’ now –

The ’Semele’ EP is available to pre-order now –


1) Semele (Featuring Henrik Palm)

2) Spirit Horses

3) Reprise

Upcoming shows:

20/11/19 – Bristol, The Exchange Basement

21/11/19 – London, The Unicorn

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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