NØMADS’ share their new video for Traumatophøbia, the bands’ November single, which features Brian Wolfe (David Byrne & St. Vincent, The Dap Kings) on drums. Filmed as part of their Live From Pittsburgh series whose sessions will get an exclusive vinyl-only release in Fall 2018, the track is from their forthcoming conceptual double EP ‘PHOBIAC’, an album based on clinical phobia-based fears (Traumatophobia is the fear of injury). ‘PHOBIAC’ will be split into two EP’s; Part 1’s songs feature frontman/songwriter Nathan Lithgow and drummer Garth Macaleavey, which largely expands upon the fuzzed-out, post-punk approach known to fans of their debut album Free My Animal, while Part 2’s songs are more bass-synth driven and feature Wolfe on drums (Part 1 will be out in early 2018, with Part 2 to follow later in the year). Watch the video via YouTube below.
After releasing their debut album Free My Animal in 2014 (fans can still buy vinyl copies of it for $1 via Bandcamp), NØMADS’ Nathan Lithgow and Garth Macaleavey paused in 2016 to focus on their respective parallel lives – Lithgow’s a budding restauranteur in NYC and bassist for My Brightest Diamond, and Macaleavey’s the technical director for the new Brooklyn music venue, National Sawdust. Lithgow and business partners Franco V and restauranteur Matt Abramcyk (of Smith & Mills, Tiny’s, and Yves) are set to open Holy Ground, a smoked-meat-meets-steakhouse speakeasy in New York City in early 2018, after running a churchyard BBQ under the same name next to The Lot Radio in Williamsburg in summer 2017.
With such demanding, traditional career commitments to balance, touring for the band has always been a challenge. Instead of giving up their respective “real” jobs in favor of the road hustle, NØMADS has chosen to eschew the traditional album cycle release model, and instead focused on releasing a track a month. Together, the material comprises PHOBIAC, twelve songs centered around conceptual abstractions of clinal fears, both common and uncommon in the modern world. By focusing on the phenomenon of clinical phobia, the set of songs seeks to examine our relationship to fear in the contemporary environment.
PHOBIAC 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)
PHOBIAC Part 2:
July: “Megalophøbia” (the fear of large objects)
August: “Phasmophøbia” (the fear of ghosts)
September: “Autophøbia” (the fear of isolation)
October: “Thassophobia” (the fear of boredom or idleness)