Formed: 1978 in London, England
Styles: Industrial, Experimental, Dark Ambient, Experimental Rock, Ambient, Electronic, Psychedelic
A loose experimental project formed in 1978 by Steven Stapleton, Nurse With Wound has explored abstract music - influenced by Krautrock, freewheeling jazz improvisation, and Throbbing Gristle but including a heavy debt to surrealists Dali and Lautreamont - with an overpowering release schedule of limited-edition albums and EPs. Stapleton worked with an ever-changing list of collaborators during the early years of Nurse With Wound, though Current 93's David Tibet has been the only frequent recording companion during the 1980s and '90s. Nurse With Wound's first three albums (Chance Meeting on a Dissecting Table of a Sewing Machine and an Umbrella, To the Quiet Man From a Tiny Girl, and Merzbild Schwet) reflect a naked, minimalist slant with long periods of quiet suddenly interrupted by guitar chords inspired by the avant-garde wing of psychedelia/jazz-rock, chains, music boxes, and found-sound recordings. By the early '80s, Stapleton had begun to incorporate noisy, abrasive rhythms that put him more in line with contemporary EBM masters like Skinny Puppy and SPK. Though Stapleton continued his surrealist slant, he often moved back to more empty recordings. These works - beginning with Soliloquy for Lilith in 1988 - came to light in the context of the growing ambient/electronic movement, however, putting Nurse With Wound squarely in line with music trends for the first time. Stapleton recorded two split-singles with Stereolab during 1995, and continued his hectic, uncompromised release schedule from his base in Southern Ireland.
-John Bush (All Music Guide)