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Artist of the Week – The Novus

We’re back in business and music is ready to take centre stage on Halfway 2 Nowhere again. I’ve been quiet during lock-down, working out what’s best for the blog going forward and I’m delighted to launch our Artist of the Week series.

Each week – this music blog will feature one artist that we think could be the next big thing. In the past we’ve been at debut gigs for the likes of The Hunna, Lathums, The Sherlocks and many more so we want to keep bringing you the hottest talent right here.

During the week, we’ll be promoting their music on all socials and doing two rapid reviews right here of their latest track and another we enjoy. There’ll also be a killer Q&A with the artist, same questions every week with a slight spin to fit the bill!

This week for our first ever Artist of the Week, we’ve chosen…The Novus.

Photo: Max B Asbo Magazine

Who are The Novus?

Hailing from Stourbridge in the midlands, The Novus are one of the most energetic, powerful artists on the alternative-rock scene. ALready with a run of great releases behind them they were building some real momentum pre-lockdown with some big support slots and an epic festival lineup planned for the summer. This week they release the hotly anticipated Man on the Bridge and we’ll be covering it right here and on the H2N Radio Show on Wednesday!

Photo: Max B, Asbo

The Novus – Music

Man on the Bridge

The most upbeat release yet from the Midlands rockers, Man on the Bridge gives them a real edge that’s been missing thus far.

The brand new track, released this Friday (03.07.2020), is a stellar track and the most energetic in The Novus’ arsenal so far. The single was produced by Gavin Monaghan (The Blinders, Editors, Sherlocks, The Twang) and you can tell. The Novus have defined their own sound over the last 12 months with their lyrics and raucous guitars, but Gavin has made this commercially viable, being remnant of early Blinders or Blackwaters releases.

Man on the Bridge itself, is a great track. It has a sound that is quintessentially Birmingham, combining the best in punk with that killer chorus expected from the region’s bands. The chorus has a raw, early Manic Street Preachers vibe, but this is in no shape a 90s track. This is on trend with the pounding guitar line, riffs straight out of This Feeling’s “best of” but has a uniqueness that sets them apart.

Distortion is on trend and The Novus impeccably employ this to Man on the Bridge.Front man Connor, recently a member of youth parliament a couple of years ago, speaking in the House of Commons and has been regularly submitting questions for the daily government coronavirus briefings, to ask when and how bands can play gigs again safely and I for one, cannot wait to see this band live. There’s a real energy about them I love and I cannot wait to hear more from these guys.


The band’s first single of 2020, Frosty is a grunge-funk rock song that, given the chance would break most speakers. The track, unlike their latest track (above) which is quite genre typical, merges the best in rock, punk, psychedelia, grunge, funk and it’s quite a marvel.

Frosty is packed with youth-attitude, and whilst isn’t made to be listened to in your home, it’s made for the live stage, it translates well. The punk-angst transcends throughout the 3 minute track, offering that scuzzy, grimy sound that is dominating the alt-rock charts at the moments. Frosty is a departure from what The Novus were doing in 2019 and signalled a big start to the year, followed up with Man on the Bridge. It’s exciting, compelling and makes me want to get out and see live music more than any other track I’ve listened to this year.

Meet The Novus

Q&A Incoming

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