Welsh noir pop outfit TheNightmares are proud to unveil their debut album, Séance, to be released 7th April via Venn Records (UK and Europe) and Equal Vision Records (USA and RoW).
In celebration of the news, the quartet have released their anti-Valentine’s single, the fittingly-named ‘Heartless’.
The band comment: “Life can feel relentless… like you’re constantly fighting against the tide. And after experiencing heartbreak, it’s easy to grow cold. This can often be perceived by others as being heartless. However, the reality is it takes an awful lot to learn to trust again once that bond has been broken. ‘Heartless’ is a song about learning to trust someone again.”
On their debut album, bassist Benjamin T. Mainwaring states: “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. Channelled through the practise of attempted communication with spirits from beyond this world.”
“We started to dip our toes into the world of the séance, 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.”
Fresh from their support of post-hardcore heavyweights Casey, The Nightmares will be touring Séance at the following shows:
Co-headline with Miss Vincent:
Apr 19: Southampton Joiners
Apr 20: Newcastle Little Buildings
Apr 21: Leeds Boom
Apr 22: Newport The Westgate Hotel
Apr 23: Kingston Fighting Cocks
Forming in 2018, The Nightmares are as inspired by shared musical passions – The Cure, Placebo, Interpol – as they are by the art of seances themselves. Centred on the local music scene of Newport, South Wales, the quartet quickly embarked on their first UK tours in 2019, including supporting local legends HoldingAbsence. The Nightmares have also toured with Tiger Army, Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties, Bleak Soul, and supported Salem and Bad Nerves, among others.
Plans for future touring, along with the rest of the world, were derailed by the COVID pandemic. Instead, then, The Nightmares turned to writing music and experimenting with seances – and what unfolded during these long nights had a lasting effect on the band.
The noir pop quartet’s recurring themes of death, love and mourning have already chimed with fans and critics alike, including early support from The i Paper, Clash, Kerrang! and more. Elements of The Cure, Salem and Interpol clash and collide throughout Séance, and listen out for a special guest feature from Creeper / Salem‘s Will Gould on track six, ‘Murder Season’.
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