Zurich-based NONEXISTER thrive on the interplay of electronic energy and heavy catharsis. As if soundtracking an after-hours club at the end of the world, the band function like a pendulum swinging from moments of industrial ecstasy to moshpit-ready fits.
Following on from their very first single ‘Your Pain Up My Veins’, and its spectacularly dark video, the group have followed up today by sharing sweeping new single ‘Drowning In The Void’. The song is dedicated to loved ones who have been unexpectedly lost in the prime of life.
Regarding the lyrics, singer Nik Leuthold shares, “The lyrics were written after the death of a good friend of mine. They describe the state of shock you fall into when you receive such a horrifying message. The shock throws you into a kind of surreal in-between world and you don’t understand anything anymore. You don’t feel any pain at first, but are left stunned, and the everyday actions you continue to perform seem absurd.
“You stand bewildered and disoriented outside of space and time, watching the world and oneself in wonder without any real connection to either. The only warmth you find lies in the memory of the lost person, the same memory that hurts so grievously.”
Bandmate Marco Neeser adds about the music, “We combined grounded guitars with electronic noises to create a tension that leads through the whole song. It meanders through the vastness of the desert, leading into a sweeping noisy soundscape before diving back into a deep, dark chorus. Musically, the song is based on a track of my former band Division Kent. I showed the original version to Nik, who loved it, and the track inspired him immediately to write new lyrics and vocal lines. It was striking how this completely changed the atmosphere of the song and gave it a new profound meaning.”
“The video was a wonderful collaboration with director Justin Stoneham,” Nik continues. “He is not only a fantastic and award-winning director, but a wonderful team player. It was clear to me from the beginning that the in-between world would lead the visual direction. Meeting Justin was a huge stroke of luck, because apart from his skills, he knows these situations from his own personal experience and agrees on the image of an intermediate world as an interpretation of them.”