Bantering with us today are Edinburgh three-piece Mad Nurse, a band capable of loud noise, deathly thunder and brooding vocals in the post-rock mould. They have got three songs currently on their Soundcloud page which is well worth your investigation, right after you've read what Colin from the band had to say when we posed our questions.
Hello, how are you?
Yeah very good.
It's the question everyone hates, but could you tell us a little bit about your music and your influences?
When I send e-mails to people saying what we sound like I usually say, "noisy-quiet-atmosperhic kinda outfit" so that will do! Don't really have influences, we much prefer people telling us what they think we sound like. We generally like Mogwai, Arab Strap, My Bloody Valentine, Interpol, The Twilight Sad, Boards Of Canada, Talk Talk, The Weeknd, Bonnie Prince Billy, Smog, Public Enemy, Led Zeppelin, Stars Of The Lid, Mark Kozelek, Animal Collective, Rock Of Travolta, Sonic Youth, Boo Radleys.
What's your song writing process like?
Generally I will write some songs and then bring them into rehearsal for us to shape and fix any dodgy parts. Seems to be working so far!
What could we expect to see from a live show?
Three sweaty beasts on stage, face melting guitar, pounding frantic drumming and a bass that's tuned to guarantee you health problems later in life. It's loud, fast and not very pretty.
If it were all to end tomorrow, what would you say has been your greatest achievement?
We've not had much achievements so far to be honest. However we've been enjoying it greatly and it has never felt like a chore. Hopefully that will continue and our greatest achievements are yet to come I'd say.
What have you got planned for the second half of 2012?
We have a few gigs this month (22nd June at Bannerman's) then hopefully a few Fringe shows. We plan to record some new songs, hopefully sell some songs, break some of my effects, fix my amp. This seems like a to do list..
At Scottish Fiction we focus on new Scottish music, how do you as a band view the Scottish music 'community'?
Very healthy. A lot of stuff is really good and much different from what the rest of the UK has to offer. I wish some of these bands would get put to the forefront more than others.
What other Scottish artists would you recommend to the Scottish Fiction readers?
We just played the other night with Mummy Short Arms who are great. Also another band called Royal Edinburgh Music who are fantastic. Black International, His Name Is Codeine, PET, Capitals, Oceansfall, United Fruit, there is so many more I could mention but I want to stop and go home.
Thanks for speaking with us, would you care to share a joke with us?
Tom's sister's favourite joke:
How do you turn a duck into a soul singer?
Cook it in the oven until its Bill Withers.
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