Phoenix-based unit Nonpareil are gearing up to unleash their debut EP Allergen next month, but before it lands, Exclaim! is giving you the exclusive first listen to album cut "Yuan Xing Jianyu."
The upcoming six-song offering promises a combination of "bottom-heavy noise-rock with desperate, chaotic yearnings of post-hardcore," and lyrics inspired by frontman Connor Woods' year-long travels as an English teacher in China. In addition to presenting motifs of a country in the midst of an industrial revolution, the EP also looks inward to address themes of isolation and alienation.
Explaining the significance of "Yuan Xing Jianyu," Woods tells Exclaim!: "The song intends to describe a specific type of anxiety. The type one feels when paranoia is confused as the fulfilment of desire. The song details the way it feels to experience a complete nervous breakdown. Rather than proposing a cure for said devastation, the lyrics demarcate the death of a person's sense of self worth."
You can hear that sentiment come to life by listening to the roaring "Yuan Xing Jianyu" in the player below.
Allergen is officially out on April 8.
03/17 Mesa, AZ - The Nile Theatre *
04/09 Flagstaff, AZ - The Green Room ^
* with Intronaut, The Ocean, North
^ with Sorxe, Fat Figs