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LISTEN: New Nervous Conditions
Christian Eede , January 22nd, 2018 12:31

Eight-piece Nervous Conditions unleash second single

In a live report on this site late last year, we caught a set from eight-piece Nervous Conditions supporting Madonnatron at London's The Garage. Describing their singer, Connor Browne, as "looking not unlike a young Mark E Smith", we were left impressed by the collective band's ability to each bring something worthwhile to the table what with there being eight of them on stage.

Having previously released only one track, last year's 'Village Mentality', they'll likely be a new name to most, but they're looking to capitalise on the success of recent live shows with a second single, premiering above, as well as an EP to follow in the near future. 'The President' gives you an idea of the band's extensive make-up, built around forceful drums, wails of sax and Connor Browne's commanding vocal.

The unique compositional approach that the band have was apparently inspired by a gig that Pere Ubu played in Cambridge which Browne attended. "They hated support acts, so they supported themselves doing an improvised set and the singer, David Thomas, would do things like turn to the clarinet player and say, 'play me some lounge music from mars' and then he'd be shouting at them when they were playing," Browne says. "So the idea of doing those sorts of compositions became interesting. I wanted to try that method and I think it produced interesting results."

Speaking about the band's writing process, he says: "I don't think songs are finished articles once they have been written and brought to play live. I think a lot of the songs are never finished and when we record, you're just going to hear a version of that song. I'm interested in the idea that each song is never finished. They are constantly evolving."

Nervous Conditions will play live at London's Old Blue Last (January 23) and Lexington (January 24) this week. To keep up with their live movements, head here.

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