Sounds Of System Breakdown will release Nomad, the followup to their critically acclaimed self-titled debut album in early 2013. The Dublin three-piece’s debut album was favourably compared to LCD Soundsystem, Talking Heads, Soulwax and Depeche Mode. It was described as “superior electropop beeps and bleeps” (Jim Carroll, Irish Times) and “a meticulously-assembled master-class in electro post punk” (Hot Press).
Nomad will see the band (Rob Costello, Richy Kelly and Ed Costello) further forge their own sound away from those influences into a soundscape all their own.
2013 will see Sounds Of System Breakdown reach the next level with a release that will make good on the promise of their recent Colour EP. Nomad further blurs their sound between dance culture and guitar dynamics, creating an intoxicating, all-encompassing album. This new sound was debuted to audiences at Irish summer festivals in 2012 concluding in a celebratory appearance at Electric Picnic.
The saying goes that absence makes the heart grow fonder and with SOSB members lived in both London and Dublin, they made the most of their time together with intensely creative and more musically rewarding sessions than before.
Time spent developing their musical talents independently of each other in the last year has enabled them to see things from a different perspective. They regrouped to record “on the side of a mountain” on Sheep's Head in West Cork last April, to create the live set they debuted at festivals over summer that would eventually become Nomad.
The title comes from the band’s state of flux making the record. “A lot of the tracks were written on planes, trains and boats and the themes of moving and placelessness feature,” says Rob Costello.
Producer Rob Kirwan, who has produced, mixed or engineered albums for U2, PJ Harvey, Soulwax, The Horrors and Editors was drafted in to co-produce the album in Grouse Lodge, Co. Westmeath and Rob’s Exchequer Studio in Dublin so the band could concentrate on the music and leave the technical details aside. Nomad is the extremely pleasing result.
“We've have more fun in the studio and on stage in the last year than ever before and we think that enjoyment shines through on Nomad.”
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