Song Premiere | Nonexistent Night, ‘Metaphysics Becomes Physics Becomes Dead Language’

Nonexistent Night will release of their self-titled debut album on Three One G Records on January 26.

Carrie Feller (who creates gloom-synth earworms under the moniker Hexa), Sal Gallegos and John Rieder (of the instrumental noise-rock duo Secret Fun Club) first began working together in mid-2019. The collaboration emerged first as an odd, left-field idea — a cover of “I Was a Teenage Werewolf” by The Cramps, which was eventually featured on the compilation Really Bad Music for Really Bad People (Three One G, 2020). This unlikely-but-in-retrospect-perfectly-sensible collaboration continued on in spring 2021, when Feller recruited Gallegos and Rieder as the rhythm section for a new instrumental composition. The result was “Prelude in Terror,” a sonic partnership so thrilling and intuitive that a full project as a trio seemed like the only rational next step.

Nonexistent Night formed soon after, and the three musicians began writing the songs that would become the new LP In The Middle of A Boiling Sea over the subsequent 12 months. The band made its live debut in June 2022 and then, with the blessing and support of the label Three One G, began production of their record throughout late 2022 and early 2023.

The band recently added Alia Jyawook (Scary Pierre, ex-Hot Nerds) as permanent cellist and guitarist and is already working on new songs for a follow-up record. Influenced by bands like Three Mile Pilot, Rachel’s, Slint, Chelsea Wolfe, King Woman, Kate Bush, June of 44, PJ Harvey, Nick Cave, Om, Low, Converge, and Tristeza, Nonexistent Night is elegiac, dramatic, and tinged with dread: post-rock for a drowning world.

Today, the group shares “Metaphysics Becomes Physics Becomes Dead Language.”

“Sal wrote this one and also played the guitar parts on the record since Alia Jyawook had not joined the band yet,” Rieder says. “It’s the only song in drop D tuning, and I think we were all living in the echo of Converge’s Bloodmoon at the time we started arranging and playing this track together. The bass and drums you hear were supposed to be a quick, rough play-through at the end of a very long day, but we played it well enough that it was ultimately a keeper–an unintended first take.”

This album was recorded by Dale Holland and Sal Gallegos, mixed by Dale Holland and mastered by Nathan Joyner. It will be released by Three One G on blue smoke color vinyl. Preorder, here.

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