After receiving a long overdue mention on the long list for the Canadian Polaris music prize, Nap Eyes are rolling through Europe to promote I’m Bad Now which was released on the Paradise of Bachelors label early in 2018, having followed previous releases Whine of the Mystic (2014) and Thought Rock Fish Scale (2016). This tour includes a date at the Hare & Hounds in Birmingham on May 9th.
Their crooked, jangling guitar pop, mumbled asides on spirituality and ragged social commentary, is described by the band, as an attempt to invoke the spirit of a kind of “stoned Columbo” style character as the primary narrator and tool for lyrical delivery. Frankly, if that isn’t enough to peak your interest, we aren’t sure what is.
The cryptic, quotidian songs which make up the record have been rightly praised by both Uncut and NPR radio for their subtle, yet infectious pop sensibilities, and point toward s a group on the cusp of wider success.
Ultimately, Nap Eyes songs conjure images of late nights and rainy Sunday mornings, spent listening to the Velvet Underground. Higher praise we cannot give.
They play the Hare & Hounds as part of a UK Tour, and tickets are available here. Tour dates include:
8 – Oslo, London Glasgow
9 – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
10 – The Hug and Pint, Glasgow
11 – Soup Kitchen, Manchester
12 – The Albert, Brighton