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NIIS—pronounced “Nice”— synthesizes the sounds of punk, hardcore, lo-fi garage, and early grunge to create an undefinable noise that is original and all their own. The four-piece outfit with members from Los Angeles and the Bay Area takes musical and lyrical influence from punk rock bands like Rudimentary Peni, Crass, and Subhumans. Mimi, the band’s fierce ringleader, uses her guttural screams to orally dissert capitalism and sociopolitical constructs. The band’s songs are reflections of Mimi’s lived experiences, like “Fuck You Boy,” a commentary on what it’s like to grow up in a male-dominated music scene permeated with misogyny and sexism.