NØMADS, the blistering Brooklyn post-punk duo comprised of frontman/songwriter Nathan Lithgow (My Brightest Diamond) on bass and Brian Wolfe (David Byrne & St. Vincent, The Dap Kings) on drums, are in the midst of their conceptual year-long ‘Phøbiac’ project where they release a new phobia-themed track each month. ‘Phøbiac’ will be be split into two EP’s; Phøbiac Part 1’s songs mostly feature Lithgow on the distorted bass tones that he’s become synonymous with, and Part 2 (which is more bass-synth driven) will follow in early 2018. A study in modern psychology meets experimental music, Phøbiac’s tracks have studied everything from Achluphobia (the fear of darkness) to Chronometrophobia (the fear of time or clocks), and many more in between (all tracks below).
October’s clinical phobia of the month (sorry, we didn’t get to this one in time) is Thassophobia (the fear of boredom or idleness), and the duo released the track as a video, which is part of their Live From Pittsburgh series (Phøbiac Part 2’s songs will all be released in video form until the EP’s release). Watch the video via YouTube below.
Here’s what the band had to say about the project: “In our hyper-connected modern society, we are constantly stimulated. New lives enter the world bombarded by more light and sound than ever before. We are now challenged by the prospect of sitting alone in a room in silence. Without an LED glow or the dull ping of a text message, how do we measure a day in a life? This is the new reality. Technology, and the real-time availability of boundless, immeasurable information, has come to replace the silence and tranquility of a still moment. It’s becoming harder and harder for human beings to hold attention. Everything happens, everyday. Everything is news. Everything is packaged for maximum attention and impact. There is no such thing as boredom anymore. But if we are to be constantly stimulated, what does boredom even mean anymore? We are bored now not by our lack of access to excitement, but rather to its ubiquity. We are bored by stimulation. The Thassophobic personality is one that is constantly moving, constantly shifting, constantly searching for the next shiny object. Something happens when nothing happens in our lives.”
Phøbiac Part 1
February: “Achluphøbia” (the fear of darkness)
March: “Acrophøbia” (the extreme fear of heights)
April: “Ataxophøbia” (the fear of chaos and disorder)
May: “Chronometrophøbia” (the fear of clocks, watches and time)
June: “Dementophøbia” (the fear of losing one’s mind)