Boomkat Product Review:
Sheffield’s self-proclaimed Kings of Stadium Ambient™ posit themselves as the apocryphal sons of The KLF in a superb, out-of-the-blue album purportedly recorded at their mid ‘90s zenith and recovered from “lost” DATs
“Everyone is interested in a story or an angle when it comes to music and nothing is more intriguing than a mysterious band thought to be lost in where are they now files of musical history. Who were the The NRG? Did they even exist? The forgotten men of the 90s rave scene?
After they ended their career in late 1994, at the absolute peak of the power, and deleted all of their catalogue everything was thought to be lost forever... but then... In the unassuming town of Kansas, Independence, USA a bunch of DAT tapes were recently discovered when safety deposit boxes were cleared out of an old vault. Amongst gold, cash and classified government documents, the missing piece of The NRG’s history was uncovered. These "live" recordings have been lovingly restored and compiled to create the Live ‘94 LP.
Live ‘94 is the apex of The NRG’s history—simply because there is nothing else. With ticking clocks and alarms littered throughout the album, it becomes clear that the passing of days, hours, and minutes was the actual crux of the band. It was only a matter of time until The NRG would dissipate as quickly as they appeared, like a comet across the night sky—a moment which, if not looking directly at it, is gone. Just like that.
In fact, The NRG never existed, the band, the tour, the album - just a figment of imagination. All created in the modern dis-information and alternative facts world.Born out of a product of fun, ambition and a love for the 90’s, the conception of Live ‘94 - a make believe live album with added crowd sounds transports us back to a time that once was. Now in the pandemic this release has a whole new meaning; no longer is it a nod to the 90’s, but a nostalgic nod to a time when we were once able to experience live music. This album draws from all of the above elements, giving us the ultimate fake dream stadium experience.”