NERVOUS SYSTEMS: Needs Medicines: LP

May 20, 2010

This sounds like something I would have heard in the late ‘80s, early ‘90s. Very much like something you would hear on Slumberland Records. Nervous Systems have a sound that’s a mix of post punk with synths, indie rock, and shoegazer music. There’s a familiarity about the sound, though I can’t point to any direct influence. The keyboards have a cold tone that floats and hangs in the air. The guitars hammer and churn; at other times they sound forlorn. The vocals took a couple listens to get used to. But the music is really good and has enough of a dark atmosphere for this to work properly and keep me listening the whole way through. “Sleeping Arrangements” is the definite standout song on here. The vocals sound very similar to Bernard Sumner, the music is slightly darker, and the lyrics about letting go are the best of the bunch. “Mains Hum” is a strong contender as well. These two songs would have made for a spectacular single.

 –M.Avrg (Obscurist Press,