Nostalgist

Nostalgist is a Seattle, Washington-based shoegaze/post-punk band with a love for film noir.

Long-overdue update

We’re really bad at updating this, and usually just default to updating our Facebook page instead. Anyway, in a nutshell:

  • Martin and Jeff amicably departed a few months back after finishing tracking their parts for the LP. The three of us remain good friends, and Nostalgist will re-emerge in the coming months with a new rhythm section.

  • Our LP has been taking a number of months to track because Evan is an impossibly busy man. The results have made it more than worth the wait, though, and it’s shaping up incredibly well.

  • Asa’s label Nostalgium Directive recently issued two new 7” singles with killer tunes and some distinctive packaging. They’re also free downloads. Have a look if you like.

As always, thanks for reading.

We spent last Monday and Tuesday tracking drums and guitar/bass scratch tracks for our upcoming record. We had a great, productive and exhausting time tracking them with Evan Foster at Soundhouse Recording Studios. From here, we’ll track all other instruments at his home studio in West Seattle. Bass is up next! Come hear us play the record in its entirety a week from today, 3/22, at Highline Bar with Levator, Wind Burial and VibraGun!

We spent last Monday and Tuesday tracking drums and guitar/bass scratch tracks for our upcoming record. We had a great, productive and exhausting time tracking them with Evan Foster at Soundhouse Recording Studios. From here, we’ll track all other instruments at his home studio in West Seattle. Bass is up next! Come hear us play the record in its entirety a week from today, 3/22, at Highline Bar with LevatorWind Burial and VibraGun!

2013 was the year we released our 7” debut and started playing shows, thusly becoming a “true” band in the sense that three dudes sweating in a small rehearsal room a couple times a week finally amounted to something.

In a world where bands proliferate and musical media is digested and forgotten at rapid speeds, we are BEYOND grateful to anyone who’s shown even in the smallest interest in us. Whether you’ve bought a record, seen us live or even skipped that song you started to listen to on Bandcamp, we appreciate it all beyond what this rambling post could articulate.

Additionally, much love from us goes to our friends in bands, our friends not in bands, our friends we made by playing with their bands, and the dependable promoters and venue staff we’ve been lucky enough to work with. 

We’re recording in late February, and intend to shake off the dust and resume gigging not long after.

2014: MORE RIFFS. MORE ‘GAZE. MORE NOIR. MORE RECORDS. MORE SHOWS.

Happy New Year.

Alright, here’s what’s up: we’re recording seven songs in the very near future, likely sometime in late January. Six of the tracks will be on a yet-to-be-titled 12” vinyl EP, and the seventh will be one we’re saving for a later release (more details on that when the time is right).We’re incredibly grateful and pleased to be working with producer Evan Foster (Dirty Sidewalks, Boss Martians, VibraGun), whose input has already helped polish our songs in the best sense of the word. These new tunes better capture the sounds we’ve been incorporating in the time since the recording of our 7”.More news to come, but for the time being we’re hard at work tightening things up as much as possible. Thank you for your time and support!Photo by Veleda Thorsson, August 2013.

Alright, here’s what’s up: we’re recording seven songs in the very near future, likely sometime in late January. Six of the tracks will be on a yet-to-be-titled 12” vinyl EP, and the seventh will be one we’re saving for a later release (more details on that when the time is right).

We’re incredibly grateful and pleased to be working with producer Evan Foster (Dirty Sidewalks, Boss Martians, VibraGun), whose input has already helped polish our songs in the best sense of the word. These new tunes better capture the sounds we’ve been incorporating in the time since the recording of our 7”.

More news to come, but for the time being we’re hard at work tightening things up as much as possible. Thank you for your time and support!

Photo by Veleda Thorsson, August 2013.

Pre-production rehearsals for upcoming releases have begun. We’re nailing down studio time soon and are incredibly excited— more details soon! Come 2014, we’ll return to the stage as well. As always, thanks to everyone for your interest and support.

There’s still lots of shirts and 7”s available, in case anyone’s interested.

Our 7”, along with the other two releases our label has pressed to date, can now be found at Laurie’s Planet of Sound in Chicago. Staffer Melissa had kind things to say:”Nostalgist is a Seattle group putting forth exceptionally dark (yet melodic) and epic deathrock-esque shoegaze with a unique and very gothic vocal twist (think a nice tenor like Andrew Eldritch + Ian Curtis, but even deeper!!). The 7” contains 2 songs, “Illusory” and “Twisting, Slowly (Cleansing Doubt)” and the cassette version has an extra demo version of “Illusory.” Both are lush and melancholy, dreamy and stark- a really great combination of gothic rock and gazey postpunk. Excellent shimmery guitar interplay amongst a stark rhythm section and vocal! This one is TRULY fantastic and is one of my personal top recommendations of the month.”
Thanks, Melissa!

Our 7”, along with the other two releases our label has pressed to date, can now be found at Laurie’s Planet of Sound in Chicago. Staffer Melissa had kind things to say:

Nostalgist is a Seattle group putting forth exceptionally dark (yet melodic) and epic deathrock-esque shoegaze with a unique and very gothic vocal twist (think a nice tenor like Andrew Eldritch + Ian Curtis, but even deeper!!). The 7” contains 2 songs, “Illusory” and “Twisting, Slowly (Cleansing Doubt)” and the cassette version has an extra demo version of “Illusory.” Both are lush and melancholy, dreamy and stark- a really great combination of gothic rock and gazey postpunk. Excellent shimmery guitar interplay amongst a stark rhythm section and vocal! This one is TRULY fantastic and is one of my personal top recommendations of the month.”

Thanks, Melissa!

Current releases from our label, Nostalgium Directive. More soon!

Current releases from our label, Nostalgium Directive. More soon!

“…one of the most unique permutations this genre has ever produced…and best of all, it practically demands repeat listens. If the noir hue of ‘Illusory’ wasn’t dark enough for you, the even chillier and pounding flip,’Twisting Slowly (Cleansing Doubt)’ blacks out the light entirely, treading into similar territory as Red Lorry Yellow Lorry.”
-Neal of Wilfully Obscure on the Monochromantic EP 
Cheers, Neal! These are truly humbling words.

…one of the most unique permutations this genre has ever produced…and best of all, it practically demands repeat listens. If the noir hue of ‘Illusory’ wasn’t dark enough for you, the even chillier and pounding flip,’Twisting Slowly (Cleansing Doubt)’ blacks out the light entirely, treading into similar territory as Red Lorry Yellow Lorry.”

-Neal of Wilfully Obscure on the Monochromantic EP 

Cheers, Neal! These are truly humbling words.

Next show. We’re pumped to be opening for Pleasure Leftists, who are on tour from Ohio and make great post-punk. We’ll be playing our Lowlife cover for sure. Come on out!

Next show. We’re pumped to be opening for Pleasure Leftists, who are on tour from Ohio and make great post-punk. We’ll be playing our Lowlife cover for sure. Come on out!

Nostalgist shirts can now be purchased at our label webstore.

Nostalgist shirts can now be purchased at our label webstore.