Scuzzy garage-punk London four-piece Nothingheads are releasing their ferocious new single before the year is out – on December 7th ‘Topsy’ is launched at the capitals intimate venue The Waiting Room.
The unhinged fuzz-fueled stomper recalls the likes of Thee Oh Sees and Ty Segall with an extra layer of chaotic doom-laden distortion. They tell us that they “wanted to make it heavy, catchy and motorik with explosions that ripple underneath trying to break out”, and the recording by Chris Smith at Kluster Studios does well to capture this.
Musically it conveys some of the darker aspects of the tracks subject matter; the disturbing footage of an elephant being electrocuted for public amusement in 1903. “Topsy” was executed on Coney Island during a publicity stunt claiming to be part of a scientific demonstration by Thomas Edison, but later revealed to be because she’d killed a spectator who stubbed a cigar out on her trunk.
Supposedly it was the first filmed death for entertainment and the single artwork by Ben Coiacetto is of Topsy’s life at the amusement park.