In Utero (DGC)
Tempers Rise for Nirvana: Jasmine and Eddie of NYC synth-pop duo Tempers told us about their love for Nirvana‘s under-loved third album.
Jasmine Golestaneh: Discovering Nirvana as a teenager was a turning point in my life, it gave me a new sense of belonging. In Utero was a cocoon I lived in, obsessively absorbing it’s chaotic nutrients. Poetic imagery of meat eating orchids, body fluids and eco-plasm – the sorrow, the rage, and the tenderness. I felt so understood. I began scribbling poetry, taught myself guitar, and started a band. The first song I ever performed was Tourette’s, at my school recital, I played guitar and my friend screamed at the top of her lungs. The headmistress’ face turned purple, parents were horrified, and I was gloriously thrilled.
Eddie Cooper: In Utero was everything a miserable kid like me wanted. The seething raw power cut through with delicate emotion mapped my internal workings pretty accurately. Kind of like Jasmine said, to me it felt like a place you could inhabit, with such varied landscapes to get lost in. Nowadays, as a less miserable adult, I think about the guts it took to make the record as a followup to Nevermind; it’s so inspiring to me how well they were able to expand their sound in different tonal directions simultaneously.
Tempers Rise for Nirvana: Tempers’ single “Unfamiliar” is out now. The New Meaning album is out April 1. They perform at Zebulon on April 20.
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