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Nightshift Share “Power Cut” From New Album “Zöe” due 26th February on Trouble in Mind

January 18, 2021


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New Album “Zöe” due 26th February on Trouble in Mind

With new album Zöe due late February on Trouble in Mind, Glasgow’s Nightshift have shared second single “Power Cut” along with a video made by Rob Alexander.

The video’s creator, Rob Alexander, says of the visuals: “I thought it was quite funny because I hadn’t met all of Nightshift yet, then it transpired they hadn’t really all met each other either until recently. So with social distancing being important, I met everyone separately near their homes in all corners of Glasgow to play in sync to a bluetooth speaker. Then I smooshed it all together which isn’t too far away from how they produce the music I understand. The meetings were all fun, interesting and different (hopefully you can appreciate the different modes of weather in shot!). Making this was a lovely break from being locked inside anxious about peoples’ health and what our tory government (from hell) will or won’t do next.” 

Nightshift exudes this sultry appeal, their explorations delve into a world of experimentation, unpredictable twists and turns, and an intoxicating vocal harmony that carries the arrangement into the seemingly unknown. Nightshift utilizes various elements they inject into their expansive vision. Noodling notes, sudden electronic pierces, and soaring soundwaves all collide into “Power Cut” and in turn assist in this bold soundscape whilst rolling shuffles assists in the compelling rhythms.

The band that became Nightshift formed in 2019 in the ecosystem of Glasgow’s current indie scene. The city’s fertile and creative group of musicians have been committed to pushing the boundaries of and blurring the lines between DIY, punk, experimentalism and indie pop for decades now; a home to bands like Shopping, Vital Idles, Current Affairs, Still House Plants, Richard Youngs and Happy Meals as well as forebears like Orange Juice, Teenage Fanclub & Yummy Fur.

Nightshift slot right in with all mentioned, featuring members from current indie stalwarts Spinning Coin, 2 Ply and Robert Sotelo.  The band was formed by David Campbell (guitar) & Andrew Doig (bass), Eothen Stearn (keyboards/vocals) & Chris White (drums) as a “No Wave/No New York/early Sonic Youth/This Heat-esque” group, but their sound quickly evolved once guitarist/vocalist/clarinetist Georgia Harris joined (as the band was writing “Zöe”).

They self-released a full-length cassette on CUSP Recordings in early 2020, laying the foundation of their sound; hypnotic, melodic, understated indie post-punk with hooks that stick around long after you’ve heard them. “Zöe” is the band’s newest effort, and first for Trouble In Mind.

Unlike the band’s previous album, the songs on “Zöe” weren’t conceived live in the band’s practice space, but rather pieced together and recorded remotely during quarantine lockdown, with each member composing or improvising their parts in homes/home studios, layering ideas over loops someone made and passing it on.

The isolation actually allowed for an openness and creativity to flow and many of the songs took on radically different forms from when they were originally envisioned.

Vocalist & primary lyricist Eothen Stearn says “The process of writing these songs separately during lockdown was a kind of exquisite corpse – I liked this gesticulation of reaching out to one another and responding. Building up the next layer and passing it on.”

Stearn says “poetic restraints” to writing & Eno’s Oblique Strategies concepts were on their mind when composing the words to the songs on “Zöe” and lists the influence of author Rosi Bradiotti’s book “The Posthuman”. “Zöe” means “live drive”, derived from the word conatus. Bradiotti defines conatus as “an effort or striving, endeavour, impulse, inclination, tendency, undertaking, serving is an innate inclination of a thing to continue to exist and enhance itself,” and Stearn views it as “…a kind of feminist re-claiming of communal public, anti- privatisation, looking to strive for social and environmental justice. Zöe kind of became a character of striving for me when writing.”

The band acknowledges the whiffs of nostalgia prevalent in “Zöe”s songs (the title track in particular), and the nature of writing & recording the album is soaked in the self-work, reflection & re-evaluations involved not only personally but creatively in each member’s lives. Consequently, the album becomes a collection of sketches of hope, growth, awareness of the power of the world & the power of self, kith, kinship, friendship, resistance, and possibility.

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