Negative Øhio is a fusion of the hottest sounds of Ohio and the coldest sounds of Norway! Never Mind The Gap is the Norwegian/American Avant-Garde duo’s second full-length album, which mixes skullcracking Metal, harsh industrial noise, jazz experimentation and hardcore gabber dance beats into an eclectic and unique blend. The album is scheduled for an October 30th release to go along with Halloween, because why not.
The title and album cover of course parodies certain other famous albums, while also poking fun at British conservative politics and showing solidarity with the transgender and neurodivergent community in Britian. The album art was made with a mix of vacation photos, drawings, silly doodles and virtual vandalism to create a chaotic, silly collage.
While not a concept album in the traditional sense, most of the songs are mastered to flow into each other in various ways to create a sort of red thread throughout the whole thing. They’re also intentionally mastered very loud, as abrasiveness is a big part of their sound, and they want it to hit like a brick right to your sinuses.
Interlude – 00:10
I’m Hungry and Covered In Blood (Just Another Tuesday Night) – 03:47
Transgender Lucifer – 04:31
Check By You, We Can’t Wake Your Ass In Hollywood (ft. NXP) [Rest in Pieces Mix] – 04:04
Why Won’t Anyone Believe That My Teeth Need to Come Out? – 03:58
Everybody who built the carpal tunnel went blind afterwards. [Unisexy Mix] – 03:48
ENEMA NOSEBLEED [Toxic Tuxedo Mix] – 03:20
Real Rockers Wear G-Strings – 04:20
I Must Count My Blessings (Because I Feel There’s Been a Miscalculation) – 04:03
127 Inches of MIDI Dick – 03:44
Your Dad’s So Hot, We Fucked Him [Soil Panky Mix] – 34:34
MMXIX vs. MMXX – 03:26
Prologue – 00:15
Negative Øhio was started in 2016 by American Nintendocore musician Gigakoops and Norwegian Prog Metal producer Nightmare Lyre. The goal of the project is quite simply to experiment with all sorts of sounds and genres in new and exciting ways, often mixing a sense of humor with high-concept compositions and themes.
They started releasing singles in late 2018, leading up to their first album Metal Is Girly And Gay (And That’s Okay) in 2019. Since then they’ve continuously made new music, with the singles made after the release of their first album leading up to this one. Over time their compositions have also evolved and gotten more intricate as their sound has matured.
They’ve collaborated with artists such as experimental artist Strangerous, painter May S., and arguably Norway’s first noise artist himself, NXP. Their first album was featured in a program block at RadiOrakel, the world’s oldest feminist radio station.
Some of their influences include Shining (NOR), John Zorn’s Naked City, Captain Beefheart, Cattle Decapitation, Nine Inch Nails, Akira Yamaoka, Death Grips, Yoko Ono, Atari Teenage Riot, Lightning Bolt, iwrestledabearonce, and Aphex Twin. They’re also heavily inspired by art movements such as avant-garde, dadaism, pop art, surrealism, Flash animations and abstract expressionism.
Both members of the project are also queer trans women, and as thus tend to try and work in satirical elements about gender, sexuality and societal issues into their work. They also like to keep somewhat anonymous, and tend to use drawn personas to represent themselves.