INTERVIEW: Unqualified Nurse Band

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hello VENTS. We’re all good thanks. We gave our record an early release on our bandcamp page today. I’m currently sat in bed listening to End Hits by Fugazi so it’s not been a bad day.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “100 Beats”?

It’s not really our latest single. Bands as small as us don’t really release singles. We make videos for the odd song and then before an album comes out we might lead it with a song or two. 100 Beats was one of them.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

The song is about having panic attacks so those events inspired that cheerful little number.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

There won’t be a video for 100 Beats. Our friend Grawl!x made a video for the song My Boots Are Shakin’ which came out a couple of weeks ago. I think we might do something for a song called Growing Down next. Ideally I’d like to do a video for each song on the record like Sonic Youth did with Goo. We’ll see how far we get.

The single comes off your new album Debasement Tapes – what’s the story behind the title?

Our drummer Foster came up with it. He also wrote the song ‘There’s No Stopping Fate’ on the LP.  There are a lot of strings to his bow. The title felt relevant to what we were doing. The record is a mix of the history of Rock and Roll cranked up and spat out. The title makes perfect sense to me.

How was the recording and writing process?

We’re in the practice room 3 times a week so the writing process wasn’t too stressful. We knew what we wanted out of these songs. We played a lot gigs before we went in to record so we were always dropping new songs into the set. We recorded the album over 4 or 5 weekends at SNUG Recording Co in Derby. We kept it pretty loose in studio as we wanted keep the live energy and all that.

Would this be a follow up or departure from your past materials?

Between the three of us we’ve made weird folk music, experimental electronic pop and avant-punk music over the last few years so some of it is definitely a departure. But we don’t really give a fuck about where it fits in. We just do what we like.

What aspects of rock and roll did you get to play and explore on this album?

All aspects! Initially the album could have easily been a 15-16 minute punk record that just didn’t relent. It didn’t take long though for it to open up though and go down different roads. We’re all songwriters y’see so everyone has a different idea where something should go. We’re not tied to one genre. If it sounds goods it stays.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

That’s a question with potentially many pages full of many, many answers.  Life is inspiration!

Any plans to hit the road?

Yeah. Between now and the end of the year we currently have London, Derby, Milton Keynes, Leicester, London, Bradford, Nottingham, Derby (again) and York booked. If you’re really interested you should probably go to our facebook page as that tends to be updated more than most things. Either that or go to

What else is happening next in Unqualified Nurse Band’s world?

We have a 7” coming out in March but we can’t really say much else about it at the moment. We’re going to record it in Novemeber. We’re also about 1/3 of the way through writing our next album.

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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