Nimmo are a unique electronic five-piece whose nocturnal escapism can be traced back to a decade-long friendship. Born and raised in North-West London, co-vocalists Sarah Nimmo and Reva Gauntlett met on the first day of secondary school, when they were sat together by the teacher. Nimmo’s ambitions were bigger than just the friendship of Sarah and Reva. Before long they had roped in other friends from school – Josh Faull on bass, and Hannah Rose on keys (though they first heard her playing saxophone through the wall).
The foursome went to the same university in the seaside town of Brighton, finding the missing piece of the puzzle (and an increased electronic element) with drummer/producer Jack Williams. As the student lifestyle kicked, so too did Nimmo begin to dig deeper into electronic music.Filtering the band’s shared childhood exposure to garage, Jungle, drum n’ bass and hip-hop, Nimmo immersed themselves not only with the sounds of the club culture, but also located the moods of aggression, energy and heartache within that which would add depth to their songwriting.
The first offering from their forthcoming debut album, ‘Dilute This’, encapsulates this blend of cutting-edge electronica with lyrical melancholy. Honing in on their sound, Nimmo began to be drawn closer to the pulsating 80s pop of Tears for Fears, the modern synth-work of Little Dragon, and the desire to capture the band’s natural live energy on tape, in the manner of someone like Talking Heads.
Having signed with Columbia Records and toured with Years & Years, Nimmo remain uncompromising – on their sound, their look, their message. “We want it to come across that we are tough. But we don’t want to be aggressive about it. We want people to identify with the songs and the subject matter – they should be a shared experience.” It’s this telepapthic bond that is also knotted through the band: from two disobedient schoolgirls (“she’s my bezie innit”) to a thick-as-thieves five-piece, there’s no one quite like Nimmo.
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