Nurses

Nurses return with Dracula, the follow-up to their 2009 homemade psych gem Apple's Acre. Dracula is steeped in the strange pop brew that bore Apple's Acre, with the band's unmistakable elastic melodies, heady pop hooks and unconventional knack for catchy songwriting that gets under your skin. But where Apple's Acre was an insular album, recorded primarily in an attic in Idaho using just an internal Macbook microphone and primitive recording software, Dracula is bursting. It's bolder, heavier, with deep grooves, dubby basslines and a focus on rhythm. It's an album with pure physical qualities. Apple's Acre was an album made for headphones; Dracula needs a sound system. What has not changed is the undeniable constant in Nurses' body of work: their immediate and catchy pop songs. The band embraces hooks and melodies--yes, they turn them upside down and inside out--but at their core, the band (and Dracula) are defined by pop songwriting. Nurses retreated to the Oregon coast to record the album, spending winter months in a cabin together, where they set up a recording studio away from the distraction of their hometown of Portland, OR. They were completely immersed in the process, the three members of the band (Aaron Chapman, James Mitchell, John Bowers) deep in collaboration. They did not embrace typical roles--no guitarist, no keyboardist--instead collaborating as a trio of producers, adding one idea on top of another until the sounds became songs. This isolation, the early winter darkness, the misty, moody walks on rocky beaches all creep into Dracula. The band avoided society and focused on making the record, and managing to shut out most outside influences. Except for Prince. Like almost any music fan, you have a moment with Prince, the moment that you realize his mastery of song and soul and discover the true depth of his genius. Luckily for us, this moment for Nurses happened during the making of Dracula. Following the tracking of the album on the Oregon coast, the band took the audio to Scott Colburn's Gravelvoice Studios in Seattle, enlisting Colburn and Julian Martlew to mix Dracula. Colburn's masterful touch (his production credits include Arcade Fire's Funeral, Animal Collective's Feels, and the bulk of the Sun City Girls catalog) brought the sounds to life, allowing Dracula to become a three dimensional being, solidifying the band's evolution from a bedroom recording experiment to a dynamic ensemble.

Nurses Dracula out today

Nurses’ Dracula is out on Dead Oceans today! You can get the album right here. You can also stream the whole thing on AOL Spinner’s Listening Party this week. And be sure to check out a pair of interviews with Aaron at Blackbook Magazine and The Oregonian. Blackbook says, “More than sucked blood, though, Dracula seems the result of a bled out psyche…spooky and melancholic, with cryptic atmospherics and languid funk undercurrents.” The Oregonian points out that on Dracula, “when the lower frequencies kick in, its cape of seductive darkness unfurls.”

Nurses have a series of instores today to celebrate the release, then kick off their fall tour at Holocene on Thursday. A full list of tour dates is available here. Join them in your town for some Fever Dreamin‘.

Nurses Celebrate Release of Dracula in Portland, Give Away Music With Pizza

Nurses new album, Dracula, will be available tomorrow, and the band is celebrating in their hometown with a series of events. Tomorrow evening the band is doing three free performances at local independent record stores. Catch them at 4:30PM at Jackpot Records (Hawthorne location), 5:30PM at Everyday Music (Downtown location) and 7:00PM at Music Millennium. Also, Lonesome’s Pizza in Portland is helping us spread the word about Dracula by giving away a free sample of Nurses songs with pizza deliveries this week. Pretty amazing, right?

Finally, the band are performing at Holocene on Thursday night, celebrating in style at one of their favorite hometown venues. Check out the fantastic flier on the band’s tumblr page or take a peak below. Read the rest of this entry »

Nurses Premiere “Fever Dreams” Video, Album Stream for Dracula

Nurses have debuted the video for “Fever Dreams” on Pitchfork TV. The band followed a natural progression in making the video saying, “The song seemed to have a definite Face to it, and these images — of a face progressively growing in detail, floating, flashing, dancing, not being anywhere/being everywhere — they stuck with us for a while and it became clear that was the universe where the song existed, and that’s the character who sings it.” The dark dreamy visuals both mimic and enhance the song’s woozy appeal.

Dracula is also streaming right now in its entirety at Yours Tru.ly with a unique piece of art from band member James Mitchell. The band has also put together a curated “Live Music Show” for the site Network Awesome full of groovy live performances. Dracula will be released September 20 on Dead Oceans and is available now for pre-order with an instant download of the full album.

 

New Nurses MP3, Pre-Order w/Instant Download

Nurses share a new track today from their highly anticipated album, Dracula. The song, “Trying to Reach You” premiered this morning on Pitchfork’s Forkcast. Gentle piano over a vibey bass line complements shuffling and varied percussion that opens into a forest of instruments and layered vocals in a demonstration of what Pitchfork calls Nurses’ “avant-pop” sound. You can listen to the track here.

Dracula is also available for the first time TODAY for pre-order from SC Distribution. Each pre-order comes with an instant download of the full album. Vinyl and CD bundles are available and the instant download will include Dark Jordan Mixtape, a digital-only 9 track EP from the band, comprised of out-takes, home recordings and sound experiments.

The band will also do three in-store performances in their hometown of Portland on US release day. On Tuesday, September 20th Nurses will start at Jackpot Records at 4:30pm, then head to Everyday Music at 5:30pm and finish at Music Millennium at 7pm. The official album release show will follow on September 22nd at Holocene. Full tour dates are listed below.

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Booking Agent Contact

US:
BILLIONS - Andrew Morgan
p: (312) 997-9999 x8246
www.billions.com
e: andrew@billions.com

Europe/UK:
BELMONT BOOKINGS - Bob Van Heur
p: 31 (0)20 616 2612
www.belmontbookings.nl
e: bob@belmontbookings.nl

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