Having called it quits in July last year after touring with Doe and playing Madrid Popfest alongside Martha, Neurotic Fiction are back with a final parting gift in the form of Romance. With the EP out now, we caught up with Livi from the band to talk pizza, Fatamorgana and The B52’s.

Across the four tracks that comprise Romance, the precise, vivacious magic of Neurotic Fiction’s fast-paced, melodic and explosive post-punk shines through. From the first resonant notes, Romance bursts into life with urgent vibrancy propelled by infectious hooks and blissful harmonies throughout. Opening track ‘Assimilate’ hurtles along with strident ferocity, whilst ‘Mi Mi Mascota’ sees the Bristol band lean into meandering and hazy surf-rock riffs punctuated by crystalline vocals, cosmic synth melodies and driving percussion. The final two tracks of the EP further consolidate Neurotic Fiction’s astute aptitude for crafting this harmonic balance between frenzied, fast-paced arrangements and resplendent, intricate detail, all tied together with the catchiest of hooks.

Get to know Neurotic Fiction In Short…

Three words to describe our music…
Agitated guitar pop.

Last photo on your phone…
An empty bottle of Magnum tonic wine atop an Easton payphone. I took it for Rory because his lockdown hobby has been spotting bottles of Magnum in their natural habitats.

Favourite instagram account…
I don’t use it much but I like the Sorry State records insta for ogling at their whacky collection of psychedelia and other less contemporary music.

The best venue I’ve played…
Capri bar in Bremen, Germany springs to mind – kinda locals punk bar covered floor to ceiling in fake rock, like a grotto. Of course The Exchange in Bristol is my real favourite but it’s not decked out like a cave, is it.

Earliest song you remember…
The UK garage anthem Flowers by Sweet Female Attitude was one of my first CD singles. Still a banger.

The worst job I’ve ever had…
I worked for the greeby rock bar Metros in Cardiff (tellingly nicknamed Sweatros) riding a little bike around at night dragging a sign for the bar behind it. More often than you could ever imagine some pissed up middle aged rugby lad, fresh from watching a game the stadium, would try to mount the sign, causing the bike to suddenly stop and tip backwards. I had no coping strategy. It was consistently unpleasant and solidified my role in life as a submissive nerd.

The thing I most love to cook is…
Pizza, but my partner does the dough, I can’t stand touching the stuff.

A book I love…
The Periodic Table by Primo Levi is a favourite – I advise skipping the first chapter.

Things that cheer me up…
Royate Hill Nature Reserve!

If I could play a gig anywhere it would be…
I would love to go to central and south america to play shows, but that seems unlikely at this point.

I think you should listen to…
I’m currently enjoying the works of Fatamorgana from Barcelona and particularly enjoyed the show they live-streamed from their house recently.

If I could see anyone play live it would be…
The B52’s in their prime.

Romance is out digitally now via Specialist Subject Records. Pre-order the 7″ vinyl here.