London trio bar italia have been building quite a reputation for their minimalist brand of cool indie rock, and this has lead to their signing with iconic US label Matador and the release of new single ‘Nurse!’.
With its louche, laconic style and dual vocals, this is an enigmatic and slow burning fuse of a track, filled with atmosphere and spaces and distant observant vocals. Twinkling guitars and a steady rhythmic pace are augmented by a fuzzy backdrop and shifting layers with a call and response repartee between the male and female vocals.
The accompanying video captures the band static amongst a fast moving world and staring with blank visages, matching the deadpan vocals.
Out through Matador and Remote Control, you can download and stream the single here and through the link below.
The band play a run of UK and European headline shows in May and will appear at festivals this summer including Primavera Sound Barcelona and Madrid, Latitude, Midi Festival and End Of The Road.
bar italia are Nina Cristante, Jezmi Tarik Fehmi and Sam Fenton.
They play a run of UK and European headline shows in May, including the ICA in London on May 25th. You can find the dates here. They will also appear at festivals this summer including Primavera Sound Barcelona & Madrid, Latitude, Midi Festival and End Of The Road. details are as follows:
Wednesday, May 10th / Liverpool, UK : Kazimier Stockroom
Thursday, May 11th / Edinburgh, UK : Sneaky Pete’s
Frida, May12th / Birmingham, UK : Hare and Hounds
Saturday, May 13th / Sheffield, UK : Sidney & Matilda
Sunday, May 14th / Oxford, UK : Jericho Tavern
Tuesday, May 16th / Cologne, Germany : Jaki
Wednesday, May 17th / Prague, Czech Republic : MeetFactory (Foyer)
Thursday, May 18th / Berlin, Germany : Urban Spree
Saturday, May 20th / Amsterdam, Netherlands : Cinetol
Monday, May 22nd / Paris, France : Boule Noire
Tuesday, May 23rd / Lille, France : Aeronef (Club)
Wednesday, May 24th / Brighton, UK : Green Door Store
Thursday, May 25th / London, UK : ICA
Saturday, June 3rd / Barcelona, Spain : Primavera Barcelona
Sunday, June 4th / Lisbon, Portugal : ZDB
Monday, June 5th / Madrid, Spain : Primavera Madrid Club
Saturday, June 10th / Madrid, Spain : Primavera Madrid
Thursday, July 20 / Southwold, UK : Latitude Festival
Friday, July 21 / Hyères, France : Midi Festival
Thursday, August 31 / Salisbury, UK : End of the Road Festival
Over the last couple of years, bar italia have released two albums and an EP on Dean Blunt’s World Music label, as well as several singles. Throughout 2022 they have performed at festivals including Pitchfork Music Festival London, by:Larm, OUT.FEST, Le Guess Who?, and End Of The Road, in addition to their own headline shows.
Feature Photograph: Simon Mercer