Kamikaze Nurse is a rock band formed in Vancouver, BC, Canada in 2018 with KC Wei, Ethan Reyes, Sonya Eui, and John Brennan. Named after activist-philosopher Simone Weil’s unfulfilled humanitarian death wish, the band released their debut LP, Bucky Fleur, on Agony Klub in June 2019. Their music has been described as “ethereal skronk,” “Deleuzian rock,” and “best of the ‘90s” by people on the internet and IRL. Their sophomore album, Stimuloso, will be released by Mint Records in June 2022.
Kamikaze Nurse’s evocative integration of melody and noise, along with their interests in poetry, film, and literature, creates a narrative world in which the songs grow to have their own internal logic, reaching beyond genres and conventions. In 2020, amidst the first wave of the pandemic, the band self-recorded the instruments for their sophomore album, Stimuloso, at their jam space over the course of 6 months. Vocals were completed at Raincity Recorders over a weekend, and the album was mixed by Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), who gave Stimuloso its swagger and tooth. While Bucky Fleur established the band’s sound as defiant, fiery, and fierce, Stimuloso takes risks in writerly compositions and playful introspection.
# of Albums:
2: Bucky Fleur LP (Agonyklub, 2019 – cassette, digital); Stimuloso LP (Mint Records, 2022, — digital, CD, vinyl, limited cassette)
Boom Josie (March 23); Come From Wood (April 19)
Favourite musician growing up:
John: Sonic Youth
KC: yeah yeah yeahs
Ethan: born ruffians
Sonya: IDK maybe pixies?
Favourite musician now:
KC: fortunato durutti marinetti
Sonya: k-pop superstars TWICE
Guilty pleasure song:
Ethan: there is no such thing
Live show ritual:
Ethan: poop before playing as the rest of the band is setting up
KC: bilabial trills
Sonya: complaining about everything
Favourite local musician:
John: Shearing Pinx
KC: house wind
EP or LP?
Early bird or night owl?
Ethan: early burd, I have a full-time labour job…
KC: early bird
Road or studio?
KC: Studio, all day I dream of Scott Walker
Any shows or albums coming up?
Album release / Tour kick-off show June 9th at Red Gate Arts Society
Where can we follow you?
Rapid Fire Vancouver Qs
Favourite local restaurant:
Ethan: Heirloom Vegetarian probably
John: Green Lettuce
KC: samurai sushi (on Davie)
Sonya: Marulilu Cafe or Green Lettuce
Favourite street in your city:
Ethan: Adanac cause I grew up there basically
John: Wall Street, that’s where my first studio was when I moved here.
KC: the Arbutus greenway cuz it’s nice
Sonya: Kingsway is the only right answer
Favourite park in your city:
Ethan: Sadly dude chilling because it’s where my friends go
KC: Quilchena Park, has a Euro vibe to me IDK why
Sonya: Brewers Park because it’s right by Kingsway, which is the best street
John: Little Big Beach. Fun bike ride and no one ever hangs there for some reason so it’s usually pretty quiet even though it’s right beside Kits beach.
Favourite music venue in your city:
Ethan: red gate sadly
KC: Red Gate
Sonya: alas, Red Gate
John: Red Gate
Favourite music store in your city:
Sonya: that weird guy who fixes amps on the sidewalk by Kingsgate Mall
John: Rufus Drums