Maribou State‘s latest single ‘Nervous Tics’ premiered on Annie Mac‘s BBC Radio 1 show last night, ahead of the band’s second full-length album release on 7th September via Counter Records.
‘Nervous Tics’ features a field recording running throughout the track of Chris and Liam in a music store in Beijing playing the Guzheng – a traditional Chinese stringed instrument. “It’s always felt like the Frankenstein moment of the album due to all the unorthodox parts that were glued together during the process,” say the band, who wrote the track over a number of writing and recording sessions in Berlin, Beijing, Hertfordshire, The Cotswolds and London.
Having nearly been overlooked from the final album cut, the last minute addition of new vocals from long-time collaborator Holly Walker – vocalist on fan favourites ‘Midas’ and ‘Steal’ – reinvigorated the band’s love for the track. “Nervous Tics is about the low-lying panic of modern life,” explains Walker. “We’re all on our phones getting terrible news headlines and hyper-real Instagram images live-streamed into our brains, and it’s making us jumpy. This song is the realisation that no amount of mindful breathing or downward dog can replace some good old fashioned human contact and emotion.”
The single follows on from their recent collaboration with Khruangbin on ‘Feel Good’ – currently receiving plenty of love on the 6 Music A-List. Listen out for forthcoming remixes from Maceo Plex and DJ Tennis, and catch them if you can on their upcoming headline UK/EU tour – their show at London’s Roundhouse on 18th October, which will feature additional strings and production, sold-out in just three weeks.
Upcoming Tour Dates
17 – Lowlands Festival, Biddinghuizen, Netherlands
18 – Pukkelpop Festival, Hasselt, Belgium
19 – MS Dockville Festival, Hamburg, Germany
24 – Lost Village Festival, Lincoln, UK
10 – O2 Academy 2, Liverpool, UK
11 – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK
12 – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, UK
13 – The Art School, Glasgow, UK
16 – O2 Academy 2, Oxford, UK
17 – Concorde 2, Brighton, UK
18 – The Roundhouse, London, UK
14 – Zonnehuis, Amsterdam, NL
15 – Badaboum, Paris, FR
17 – Saalchen, Berlin, DE
Photo: Alexandra Waespi