Nurses - Hangin' Nothin' But Our Hands Down Releases May 15th, 2006 (available online now)
They toured with RX Bandits in 2005, and in 2006 Nurses finished recording their full length. The quartet has made a journey from Idaho to California on a trek through homelessness, bill collectors, and the unknown. Their sound is math rock's catchy and poppy sister-in-law.
How Is It?
Hangin' Nothin' But Our Hands Down is a evidence that Nurses have spent plenty of time tending (or nursing) their most impressive ailment : creativity.
Hangin' Nothin' But Our Hands Down is a parallel universe of film noir, cirucses, and vaudeville shows. It's a soap opera for the intelligent ear. Each song has a charm and mystery of its own, embodied in catchy lyrics, foot tapping drums, quirky riffs, stumbling bass lines and spazing vocals. Harnessed with interesting time signatures and engaging shifts in tempo, the album has variety and vigor.
A picture painted in paranoia, and manic ups and downs, the third song "Lots of Brass" is one of my favorites. Bass and drums drive the Nurses sound, and bellow strongly in this song. "Wait for a Safe Sign" is an engaging and experimental journey with a strong vocal hook. Each song is a single in itself, but the album as a whole is most impressive. A beautiful piece of work for a first attempt.
Creative sound and super creative packaging, everyone should be sure to pick this album up in 2007.
For listeners of: The Blood Brothers, RX Bandits, Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground, Q and Not the U,