NYC’s post-punk duo NØMADS have released Achluphøbia, their blistering new single based on the fear of darkness, and are re-emerging after taking 2016 off from recording and touring. The duo is has also announced their new album ‘PHOBIAC,’ which will be released in 2018, which is the follow-up to their acclaimed debut ‘Free My Animal’. Take a listen to Achluphøbia via Soundcloud below.
‘PHOBIAC’ is a conceptual collection of 12 songs based on different phobias, one of which will be released each month in this year. They initially teased the project back in 2015 with the release of Traumatophøbia, aka the fear of pain.
The return of NØMADS at this point in time is no coincidence… fear, as an abstract force, has never held a stronger place in our society than it does today. It colours everything we see outside of ourselves. Each song on ‘PHOBIAC’ examines the fear process through the prism of rare clinical phobias, all approached in the abstract. The buried message within this set of material is a cautionary one: when we succumb to fear, chaos reigns. Technically speaking, it’s generally accepted that phobias arise from a combination of external events and internal predispositions (i.e. heredity or genetics). Many specific phobias can be traced back to a specific triggering event, usually a traumatic experience at an early age.
NØMADS’ members Nathan Lithgow and Garth Macaleavey paused in 2016 to focus on their respective parallel lives – one a budding sommelier in the NYC fine-dining restaurant world and bassist for My Brightest Diamond, the other the technical director for Williamsburg’s most respected new music venue, National Sawdust. With Achluphøbia and the ‘PHOBIAC’ announcement, NØMADS is officially back for 2017.
‘PHOBIAC’ track list