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 Perform Acoustic Versions of New Songs


During Nurses triumphant European tour, they performed at the Into The Great Wide Open Festival in Holland, and while there, they were videotaped by VPRO performing two acoustic versions of new songs. “So Sweet” and “Extra Fast” are the working titles for these songs — hopefully both will be appearing on a soon to be recorded LP. We’re glad the guys didn’t end up sinking into the pond, and cannot wait to hear these new gems recorded.

Nurses Escapades On ChatRoulette Documented In New Video, Touring with The Tallest Man On Earth

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On February 23rd, NURSES played a one-of-a-kind show, performing via webcam on ChatRoulette, the latest cyber-craze. For the uninitiated, ChatRoulette randomly pairs up participants for a one-on-one video chat, meaning that to find Nurses on the site, you had to venture through some uncharted (and very NSFW) waters. Using 15 computers to stream the show via ChatRoulette, the band played a wild set for some unsuspecting internet surfers. The band has since edited a version of new and unreleased song “So Sweet” into a music video, documenting the fun that went down on the internet that night. Watch it HERE.

In addition to their ChatRoulette escapades, we are also pleased to share the band’s official video for “Winter” from their 2009 album, Apple’s Acre. Directed by Hans Lo, the “Winter” video is a playful kalediscopic trip. In other words, it’s the perfect accompaniment to the band’s homemade psychedelia. If only the 3-D glasses we stole from Avatar worked when watching this, we’d be in heaven. Watch the video for “Winter” HERE.

The band also hits the road again this spring, joining The Tallest Man On Earth on most shows, as well as a performance at this year’s Sasquatch Festival. See the complete tour dates HERE.

Pre-Order Bonuses and New MP3 from The Tallest Man on Earth’s The Wild Hunt

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Dead Oceans is now offering THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH’S upcoming record The Wild Hunt for pre-order. All who pre-order the album will instantly receive a free digital download copy. Those who act quickly will be rewarded even more handsomely – the first 175 pre-orders will also receive a bonus CD single for “King of Spain” that was exclusively sold on his recent European tour. To pre-order The Wild Hunt click HERE.

King of Spain CD Tracklisting:
1. King of Spain
2. Graceland*
3. Where I Thought I Met the Angels*
*exclusive b-side

Dead Oceans is also offering a second audio peek into The Wild Hunt with a free mp3 for the wonderfully poetic song “Burden of Tomorrow.” Listen to “Burden of Tomorrow” HERE.

The Wild Hunt will be released on April 13th (12th in the UK). The captivating live show follows (*with Nurses). See the full list of tour dates after the jump.

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NURSES To Play Live on ChatRoulette

Feeling adventurous and in the mood to watch some live music from the comfort of your own home? You may be in luck if you log on to ChatRoulette tomorrow, where NURSES will be performing a 45 minute set live via webcam.

If you’re not familiar with this latest cyber craze, ChatRoulette randomly pairs up participants for a one-on-one video chat. (Read more about the creep potential HERE.) So, if you want to watch Nurses you’re going to have to venture through some uncharted waters to find them.

Nurses will performing from Aaron’s living room where they’ve made their own backdrop and set. They will be playing in front of 15 computers, each of which will be streaming the performance live on ChatRoulette. The performance itself will feature mostly traditional Nurses songs, but there will also be some jam sessions, and a couple of new songs as well. They’ll be running for projectors for visual effect, and may actually project some of the video of people watching on ChatRoulette, making what Aaron called a “meta-roulette.”

Look for Nurses on ChatRoulette Tuesday, February 23 at 7 p.m. Pacific. You can access the site HERE. Good luck!

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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