Nobody Reads at The Sound Social

Sarah Reid of the Basel-based band Nobody Reads tells OURS a bit about herself and their music before tonight’s performance at the Fonderie Kugler as part of the first edition of The Sound Social music festival taking place in Geneva.


The Sound Social


1. What does music mean to you?

Music is a way that I can talk out loud to myself without worrying about the people around.


2. Where do you find inspiration?

One of my adult teeth never showed up in my gums. The tooth that I have in that place – sticking out of my gums – is a baby tooth. This tooth has all of the secrets inside, and it tells me what to say.


3. How do you feel your culture and your environment influence your music?

I’m not very sure. My environment and culture both thrill and infuriate me in lopsided amounts, but so far only a little of this seeps into my music in ways that I can perceive – even though I think that I would like it to sometimes, and can feel this changing. My music is tremendously selfish, which is a fact I enjoy. I write about things that happen to me, I write about my brain adventures, I invent characters, I write stories and nonsense things that I completely (and sometimes incompletely) fabricate. I make music for myself first, and I think that is fine. Sometimes I feel as though music is my safe, quiet(loud) place- and when the day leaves me physically/emotionally exhausted from being asked to “prove” white privilege for the 3rd time in an evening, or from reading the news, or from listening to so much dope and fucking relevant new music that I explode- I just need to be able to nurture myself through a story about a carrot that thinks it’s the cosmic shit and be done with it. I tend to write about current issues in prose, but my music does secret things for me. You know what? I write about my dreams a lot, and dreams are supposed to filter the days’ events for you right? So I guess that’s how.

“I want, I want, I want, me, me, me, me, mine, mine, mine, mine, now, now, now!”
-Captain Hook
4. Who are some of your favourite artists?

Laurie Anderson, Sun City Girls and Tom Waits have the longest track record of being my favourites, but at the moment my attention has shifted towards powerful Sorceresses of colour that walk and have walked among us. I started my day today with Mariem Hassan.


5. What do you do when you are not working?

I procrastinate and feel guilty about it, and then I go to sleep and have cool dreams and feel much better about things.


6. Can you tell us a bit about your upcoming album?

We’ve been playing these songs for so goddamn long, and it’s finally time for them to start playing themselves. They’re old enough now to pull their weight and contribute to this household…pay a couple bills and shit. I can’t wait to hear them play from start to finish without having to physically walk them through the whole damn thing. I am really proud of them though… It seems like only yesterday when they were just ideas, it’s crazy to see how they’ve matured and taken on a life of their own. Ya know, I guess I’ll miss ’em when they’re gone…


7. What else are you working on right now?

– A band that I have with 4 disillusioned Jonahs in the belly of the Machine. It’s called “The Inter-Galactic Trans-Dimensional Space Whale Whailer’s Kollektiv”

– A sound and poetry project called “The Several Ways I’ve Died In My Imagination”, working in collaboration with some casual genius called Tomek Kolczynski

– Some music for Fleur Elise Noble’s “Rooman” Project, which is a thing that happens when someone can use their own brain as radio-graph telescope with which to see into yours.

– A hair that grows out of my chin and normally has a life cycle of about 2 months, but is hanging on this time.

-Something with Annie Goodchild when we stop sucking.