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‘Strain Crack & Break: Music From The Nurse With Wound List Volume 1 (France)’

Finders Keepers

Released: 6th September 2019

After years of mythology, misinterpretation and procrastination, Nurse With Wound’s
Steven Stapleton finally chooses Finders Keepers Records as the ideal collaborators
to release “the right tracks” from his uber-legendary psych/prog/punk peculiarity
shopping list known as The Nurse With Wound List, commencing with a French
specific Volume One of this authentically titled ‘Strain Crack & Break’ series.

Featuring some Finders Keepers regulars amongst galactic Gallic rarities (previously
presumed to be imaginary red herrings) this deluxe double vinyl / digital download
dossier demystifies some of the essential French free jazz and Parisian prog
inclusions from the alphabetical ‘dedication’ inventory as printed in the anti-band’s
1979 industrial milestone debut.

When Steven Stapleton, Heman Pathak and John Fothergill’s anti-band Nurse With
Wound decided to include an alphabetical dedication to all their favourite bands on
the back of their inaugural LP the notion of creating a future record dealer’s trophy
list couldn’t have been further from their minds. By adding a list of untravelled
European mythical musicians and noise makers to their own debut release of
unchartered industrial art rock they were merely providing a suggestive support
system of existing potential likeminded bands, establishing safety in numbers should
anyone require sonic subtitles for Nurse With Wound’s own mutant musical
language. Luckily for them, the record landed in record shops in the midst of 1979’s
memorable summer of abject apathy and its sound became a hit amongst
disillusioned agit-pop pickers and artsy post-punks, thus playing a key role in the
bourgeoning ‘Industrial’ genre that ensued. On the most part, however, the list, like
most instruction manuals, remained unreadable, syntactic and suspiciously sarcastic. It took a while for the rest of the record collecting community to catch on or finally
catch up.

Since then, many of the rare, obscure and unpronounceable genre-free records on The Nurse With Wound List have slowly found their own feet and stumbled in to the homes of open-minded outernational vinyl junkies, D’s and sample hungry producers, self-propelled and judged on their own merit, mostly without consultation of the enigmatic NWW map. However, in the past decades since its first publication The List has been mythologised, misunderstood and misconstrued. It’s also been overlooked, overestimated and under-appreciated in equal measures but with a growing interest it has also come to represent a maligned genre in itself, something that all members of the original line-up would have deemed sacrilegious. Bolstered by the subtitle “Categories strain, crack and sometimes break, under their burden,” all bands on the inventory (many chosen on the strength of just one track alone) were chosen for their genre-defying qualities. A check-list for the uncharted.

Naturally our lavish metallic gatefold double vinyl compendium would only scratch the surface of this DIY dossier of elongated punk-prog peculiarities hence out decision to release volume one in a series which, in accordance with Steve’s wishes, focuses exclusively on individual tracks of French origin, the country that unsurprisingly hosted the highest content of bands on the list. Comprising of musique concrète, free jazz, Rock In Opposition, Zeuhl School space rock, macabre ballet music, lo-fi sci-fi, and classic horror literature inspired prog, this first volume of the series entitled ‘Strain Crack & Break’ throws us in at the deep end, where the Seine meets the in-sane, introducing the space cadets that found Mars in Marseilles.