Share new single, “Piece Together”
Taken from “Zöe” due 26th February on Trouble in Mind
Album release streamed concert on 27th February
With new album Zöe due 26th February on Trouble in Mind, Glasgow’s Nightshift have announced a streamed concert on Saturday 27th February to celebrate, hosted by Upset The Rhythm. Full info/tickets here.
The band have also shared third single, “Piece Together“. Keyboardist/vocalist Eothen Stearn says of the song: “Piece Together has a kind of cheesy homonym, peace and piece. A way of looking at micro-macro things but also trying to collage random things together. Learning to write was kind of my personal memories of being dyslexic and forming words. But also like finding scraps of sentences that you make into a bigger form, the inherent nature of writing.
“It is ultimately searching summering peace and reflecting how Neo-age and 70s hippy ideologies of radical left has failed us – and consumed us. The cycles of baby boomers that were once seen as radical. The complexities around perceptions of liberalism and the slow mobilisation of the ‘left’.”
“Piece Together” immediately issues itself as this intimate instrumentation. Delivering honest and raw lyrics whilst providing this intricate bodement. The track starts with this ominous backdrop where this brooding climate pushes the exploration further afield with the dramatic drum fill that unites the atmosphere reflecting between the buoyant notes from the lead strings embracing the rhythm section.
The stunning vocal melodies provide this immersive hook and entrancing feature, with the ambitious dual vocals providing intensity to the words alongside the truly emotive delivery that resonates with the lyrics. Nightshift have captured a slower-paced momentum that still offers this punk attitude at the core of the ensemble. The experimental attributes that Nightshift craft so well, push through the atmosphere and close in the final notes with a fierce surge.
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.