The Nightmares have just released their debut album Séance via the brilliant Equal Vision Records in the US and Venn Records in the UK/EU. A gripping blend of post-romantic punk rock and goth-drenched rock and roll, it’s blood red baptism of emotional decadence.
Bassist Benjamin T. Mainwaring had this to say about it:
“Séance is a record born out of a shared love of the macabre… a longing to express the darker thoughts and deeper emotions of life. Channeled through the practice of attempted communication with spirits from beyond this world. We started to dip our toes into the world of the seance, and the experiences we went through would inform the writing of the record.
I am totally convinced that what happened in these experiments were real. And they have stuck with me. I have nothing but respect for the spirits and I understand the gravity and weight that comes with communication with other worlds. It is not to be taken lightly.”
One of the many highlights of the album is the “Murder Season”, a bright and breezy piece of Alkaline Trio-leaning punk that also features an appearance from the undeniable Will Gould, who you will know from Creeper and Salem. A combination of Southampton-based talents, it is a track that flows through your veins and sticks to you like tar, atmospheric and angular in all the right ways.
Here it is for your listening and viewing pleasure:
If you like that, you should also check out “From Above”:
The Nightmares will be playing a handful of shows in the UK alongside Miss Vincent later this month. Here they are:
April 19 – Southampton, UK @ Joiners
April 20 – Newcastle, UK @ Little Buildings
April 21 – Leeds, UK @ Boom
April 22 – Newport, UK @ The Westgate Hotel
April 23 – Kingston, UK @ Fighting Cocks