Strumbrush – “Nightmare Zoo”


The debut single from Atlanta-based rock quartet Strumbrush, “Nightmare Zoo” captivates with shifting structural ingenuity and a jangly guitar-based charm, reminiscent of Deerhunter and The Wrens. The initial verses are bolstered by ghostly backing vocals, enjoyably complementing the dazed lead and guitar twangs. The track shows a dexterous ability thereafter to shift between quainter jangles and the “something we could do about it,” vocal vigor, which marks a hook that excels in its rhythmic-laden fluctuations and range of vocal emotion. “Nightmare Zoo” has me firmly anticipating whatever’s next from Sturmbrush, which began as the solo project of Foster Wells and is now a full rock group. Look for the project’s debut album this spring.

This track and others featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of March 2022’ Spotify playlist.

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Emerging Indie Rock.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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