Unqualified Nurse Band has released their debut long player as pay what you like on Bandcamp ahead of a full digital release on 16 September. A vinyl release is then slated for early October through Derby independent label Reckless Yes Records.
The album opens with the screech of ‘I think I know what this means…” as 100 Beats crashes around you, no easing in or build up; the maelstrom is around you right from the get-go. Described as a deconstruction of the last 60 years of rock n roll this an exercise in precision, a showcase of not just knowledge but real understanding of history and practice. Debasement Tapes is very much the cataclysmic reaction, an explosive and thrilling record coming as a result of patient mastering of the musical art.
Formed in late 2015 as the solo project of Chris Jones they became a three-piece around the release of debut EP Dilemma Blues. Joined by Mark Jones (Azzurro Peaks, Goddesses) and Andrew Foster (Ghost Twins, Crushing Blows) the trio of songwriters wrote this album quickly, developing songs during a relentless live and rehearsal schedule.
A first taste of the long player came with the digital self-release of Getting Sweaty. This track showcases the pounding wall of sound, the yowling vocals which grab attention throughout the album. But it keeps you interested after the initial shock and awe has diminished with some delightful and surprising turns, smashing abrasive and lo-fi punk against warm and melodic rock n roll riffs.
On an album that doesn’t let up on quality My Boots Are Shakin’ manages to stand out. That wonderful warmth comes through again, a softening of beats against the swell of guitar. But as you press your hand against its looking glass the light changes and you’re spun to face a dizzying array of reflections, the rest of the album a hall of mirrors in which you find yourself wandering but never lost.
With the whole of rock n roll history spread at their feet it would be easy to stand still and stare. But that doesn’t seem to be part of the Unqualified Nurse Band DNA; like magpies they are restlessly collecting all the shiny pieces of the past and gather them together to form a glittering new sound. There’s no doubt that this debut is one of the best rock n roll albums to be released in 2016 and that with a work-ethic as ferocious as their sound more from them is surely not long in the making.
Find Unqualified Nurse Band:
They play the Dubrek fundraiser on Sunday 18 September and will be supporting Cabbage on their Derby date at The Venue on 3 November.
You can download Debasement Tapes from Bandcamp now and it will be available digitally on other platforms from 16 September. You can pre-order the limited red vinyl now ahead of an October release by Reckless Yes Records.