In this Dream Tour segment, the indie pop/rock artist, Nisa, reveals who she would want on her ultimate tour lineup. You can check out their picks, after the break.
If we’re going all out, I’d make it a crazy triple-header with some of my all-time favorites: PJ Harvey, Radiohead, and The Cure. It’d be pretty sick to see that Thom Yorke/PJ Harvey dynamic again after their collaboration on “Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea.” Maybe I could fetch them coffee and sit in the green room every once in a while? No—but really—it would be a dream to tour with this trio because of how deeply inspired and comforted I have always felt when it comes to their records!
I am forever indebted to both PJ Harvey and Radiohead for the direct impact their music has had on my life. The impact is pretty evident in my forthcoming debut EP, Guilt Trip (March 2021). I’m big on the alternative rock scene and was probably way too late to the Britpop game for it to be considered cool. PJ was always super ahead of the curve when it came to artistic reinvention from album to album without losing that unmatched ability to tell stories and invoke myths. Especially with her earlier records, PJ invested so much into that raw and primal energy, invoking a gritty and emotional sound which I drew from in “Ferris Wheel.”
I really got into Radiohead in college, when I was a part of a rock collective that played a lot of cover songs from their repertoire. My buddy Dan showed me some of their “Live from the Basement” sessions and I fell in love. The Bends will always hold a special place in my heart. I’m working on some new music now that’s super inspired by Hail to the Thief…another favorite among favorites. I’ve probably built up a solid roster of songs from playing their stuff at gigs at this point so if Thom ever gets cold feet on the tour, I’ll be ready to take charge.
Last but not least, the Cure. My love for this band runs pretty deep. Every year on my birthday, I listen through Disintegration cause it gets better with time. If we were tourmates, I’d probably just relinquish half of my set to let Robert Smith dance for a bit longer during the “Close to Me” intro at every show. I love their stage presence and think their music in relation to PJ Harvey and Radiohead would bring such an eclectic energy to the tour.