Nullifier may be an amalgamation of several bands that have been churning away for the past few years, but there is little on show tonight that would suggest the members creativity is stifled by their other endeavours; more that it is their coming together that has seen the members break free and veer into previously uncharted territory. Like a woodlouse that scurries through the musical undergrowth, chewing away at discarded Klaxons records, Cut Copy promos and misplaced Animal Collective vinyls, Nullifier consume from a broad pallet before fertilising it into easily digestible, well-structured bursts of colourful, ear-friendly, leftfield outsider pop. Strewn out across the stage they hammer away, bashing out example after example, their heads down while singer J-Mo wanders around and occasionally grabs hold of lighting rigs and generally engages the audience. Still infantile in age and with a mere six songs written, it may not be possible to form a safe long term opinion just yet but that doesn’t detract from the sense that there is a lot of potential present, and though Nullifier may have been born as a side project, there is every chance that this may soon become the primary focus.
By Nathan Westley
Originally published in issue 16 (vol 3) of Loud And Quiet. April 2010