Following the September 20th (September 19 in the UK) release of Dracula, Nurses embark on a North American tour joined by fellow pop innovators Dominant Legs. September 22, Nurses hold their official album release show at Holocene in their hometown of Portland, OR. We don’t know what the Nurses have in store for Portland, but their hometown shows are memorable, costumed, special-guest-laden, multimedia affairs that do not disappoint.
On Dracula, Nurses tap into the physicality of rhythm and how it speaks to the body itself, and this translates in their live performances. Nurses’ three members blend hypnotic sounds, shifting from instrument to instrument effortlessly, creating the feel of three producers onstage. Their performances are immersive, visceral experiences, and the dubby groove of Dracula is perfectly conducive to this performance approach. With the Girls-affiliated Dominant Legs joining them on tour in support of their upcoming album Invitation (out September 27th), this tour features two of fall’s pop benders on one stage every night. Check out the full tour dates after the jump, and if you haven’t already heard the first track from Dracula click below and start sweating to “Fever Dreams.”
We recently got some snapshots of the Nurses new album Dracula while it was in the final stages of production from the pressing plant, and thought we’d offer a peak behind the scenes. You can’t play this on your iPod!
We will have more news soon on a Nurses tour and info on an album pre-order. In the meantime, if you have not listened to the album opener “Fever Dreams,” don’t wait for the vinyl. Download it.
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Nurses have announced the release of their next full-length, Dracula, on Dead Oceans. The album will be released in the US on September 20 and in the UK on September 19. The new disc features the band’s unmistakable elastic melodies, heady pop hooks and unconventional knack for catchy songwriting. With its deep grooves, funky bass lines and focus on rhythm, Dracula feels like the older brother to 2009’s Apple’s Acre. The album is handcrafted with weird and wonderful noises from the band members Aaron Chapman, James Mitchell & John Bowers, who eschewed typical instrumental roles and instead collaborated as producers, each contributing his own ideas and sounds to form songs.
You can hear the album opener “Fever Dreams” now right here. Click through for tracklisting and album art for Dracula.
I have a lot of things that I’ve been liking in the last year, but they don’t have a particular order…. so here’s Some Things I’ve Been Into In 2010:
-I really feel good watching the Hot New DANCE CRAZE based on the Weekend at Bernie’s star, Bernie. It’s called “Movin’ Like Bernie,” and it gives me warm chills. With all the terrible re-hashing of old movies over the last ten years, it’s nice to see the 80s influence take a turn for the best. I like relaxing my eyes and watching the people-blobs bulge around.
-I didn’t hear a record this year I liked as much as Prince’s Around the World in a Day, so I’m giving record of the year to Prince. I can be in any mood and get something out of this record- which has led to it playing about a million times in the last 2 weeks alone. Other noteworthy soul-fillin’ musical chunks lately are Wulomei and LIITAL (thanks awesometapesfromafrica!).
-Ian Ferguson is one of my favorite people and favorite artists. Check out his painting “Dueling Krysler Town and Country (Mac and Cheese Buffet Pt.2).” The explanations are key to understanding all the awesome shit going on in every painting. hydeONart.com is where you’ll find Hermtroglodites getting each other pregnant and eating too many McRibs, or fighting to get in the line of the buffet.
-I like being sad a lot, and this winter is already a big sad salad. Living in Portland in the winter, all the sadness comes inside to get warm in the winter (like spiders), and it lives in your bedroom with you and sticks to your clothes and makes everything harder to do. Feels real good to just soak it in. I went through a real awesome period walking around at night rotating 36 Chambers, the Black Album, and Steve Reich’s Four Organs. I’ll recommend that trio to anyone on earth who likes being sad.
-Man, I really love lamps and mirrors. When I was a kid, I thought that the light section in department stores and malls was what heaven looked like- overwhelming and uncomfortably bright. I was always drawn to it in a weird sickening-but-delightful way. Lately I’ve been trying to recreate that feeling, with a little bit of Susperia involved with all these mirrors and lamps in my house. The more it becomes that weird version of heaven, the less likely my friends will come over, but the more likely I’ll get to live in my sickening heaven. Every man for himself!