Chicago READER
by Peter Margasak

With an impressive variety of homemade electric guitars, drums, and various invented instruments--including a jury-rigged electric kazoo, on which member John Boyle is something of an Ayler-esque virtuoso--the group began meeting on a weekly basis for fun and catharsis.... By dint of the group's electric instrumentation, the NSB sound veers toward ultrachaotic rock, but beneath the surface one can hear wild and woolly rushes of interactive improvisation. On top of it all are the nonsensical, Beefheartian vocals of Bill Exley. Whether on "No Canada," his classic national antianthem, or "What About Me," his recent ode to the Me Generation ("I want to teach the world to sing--my song!"), his seemingly stream-of-consciousness rants are remarkably effective.