By: Staff –
Toronto & New York-based electronic-rock band The Nursery are back with their new video for “Human Race”, which you can watch exclusively via Aesthetic Magazine below.
“The themes of Human Race are slightly misanthropic,” says the band. “The song deals with feelings of alienation, disassociation and schizophrenia, we had to make theenvironment surreal and reflect how one may think, feel and behave when losing touch with reality. So we created a surreal environment that feels trapped in time, an otherworldly place in the future where one stumbles across old media from a previously forgotten world. The bizarre organization of TVs, their content and the strangely decorated room evoke a detachment from reality – it becomes this manic, deranged and obsessive place. Still, there remains a fuzzy sense of nostalgia for something that may not have existed. Many images of the band performing are from the actual recording sessions of the song. The rest are old home videos, shots from personal adventures and manipulated found footage. When it’s all laid out like this it sometimes makes me feel like I’m witnessing some unusual funeral tape.”
The three-piece met at a recording session in a converted monastery in Buffalo, New York. Vocalist and songwriter Alex Pulec and synth bassist Victor Ess met in Toronto through the city’s underground punk scene while drummer Josh English is a Buffalo, New York native.
Influenced by a range of styles, from New Order and The Cure’s gothic new wave to fellow rock maximalists like Queen and Electric Light Orchestra, they soon began to apply their pop-influenced hooks and melodies to the lush and driving backdrops they created.
Pulec started writing his hazy, neon-drenched and dramatically colored songs for The Nursery in 2013, right of the heels of leaving his previous group, The Ruby Spirit, in a contentious blow out. Sharper than ever, Pulec is spinning conversational quips with lyrics that explore life’s contradictions. “it comes from that place where you go between manic joy and sheer dread within seconds”, Alex says like some kind of morbid joke, “death is everywhere, I sing about it. It’s cruel, absurd and romantic. I can find the good in anything.”