Chic rock artist Billy Nomates drops new song ‘vertigo’

Billy Nomates, Stevie Nicks and Sheryl Crow
Billy Nomates, Stevie Nicks and Sheryl Crow

Image credit: Eddie Whelan

Billy Nomates, the project of the Bristol-based songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Tor Maries, today shares a new track, ‘vertigo’. Described by MOJO in their 4* lead review as “finding itself on an unexpected precipice” and Uncut in their 9/10 review as “sounding uncannily like a post-punk Kim Carnes”, ‘vertigo’ is the final track to be shared prior to the release of her much anticipated second studio album, CACTI, out this Friday 13 January 2023 via Invada Records. 

The track follows the release of three BBC Radio 6 Music A-listed singles including the gentle, 80s-influenced, synth-pop bop blue bones which was a celebration of life, the spiky, synth-powered spite, and balance is gone, which charted Tor’s attempts to find purpose, as well as saboteur forcefield, on which Tor lays bare her propensity for self-sabotage.

Speaking about “vertigo”, Tor offers: “i think vertigo scratches around the soul crushing apathy you can feel for achieving or feeling life’s big things…

Listen to “vertigo” here and watch the visualiser below.

Recorded at her flat and at Invada Studios, CACTI (pre-order and pre-save here), is a huge step up for the artist, who received widespread critical acclaim for her eponymous 2020 debut album, with heavy airplay across BBC Radio 6 Music and support from luminaries such as Iggy Pop, Florence Welsh and Steve Albini.

Though every bit as unrepentant as Billy Nomates’ debut, CACTI comes from a much more exposed place and sees Tor further develop her instinctive, inventive songwriting and production. Unafraid to wade into the traumas of the past two years and the eerie sense of apathy that lingers, alongside heartache and more political themes, the 12-track collection openly confronts uncomfortable truths, as Tor puts it, “70-80% of being bold is about being vulnerable as hell.” 

Maries sai​​d: “Writing CACTI took just over a year. I wrote very intensely and then none at all. (This seems to be the way I work best). I picked up old drum machines, mapped out things in my kitchen with the same small micro keyboard I always use and then raided the cupboards and rooms at Invada Studios, to play and experiment with old synths, an upright piano, this weird organ thing. I hope everyone finds their own narrative in CACTI. I think it’s about surviving it all.

Following a UK tour late last year with most dates sold out, Billy Nomates will next be on the road in the UK and Europe in March and April 2023, with a show in her hometown of Bristol at Marble Factory on 29th April and her biggest headline show to date at London’s Kentish Town Forum on 27th April 2023. Tickets are available here and full live dates are as listed below. 

14/3/23 – Grand Mix, Lille, France

15/3/23 – Petit Bain, Paris, France

16/3/23 – L’astrolabe, Orleans, France

17/3/23 – Rockschool Barbey, Bordeaux, France

20/3/23 – El Sol, Madrid, Spain

22/3/23 – La Nau, Barcelona, Spain

24/3/23 – Le Périscope, Lyon, France

25/3/23 – Covo Club, Bologna, Italy

27/3/23 – Magnolia, Milan, Italy

28/3/23 – Bogen F, Zurich, Switzerland

29/3/23 – Milla, Munich, Germany

31/3/23 Badehaus, Berlin, Germany

1/4/23 – Loppen, Copenhagen, Denmark

2/4/23 – Molotow, Hamburg, Germany

4/4/23 – Blueshell, Cologne, Germany

5/4/23 – Tolhuistuin, Amsterdam, Netherlands

6/4/23 – Botanique Orangerie, Brussels, Belgium

17/4/23 – Tramshed, Cardiff

19/4/23 – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

20/4/23 – New Century Hall, Manchester

21/4/23 – Stylus, Leeds

22/4/23 – St Lukes, Glasgow

24/4/23 – Boiler Shop, Newcastle

25/4/23 – Institute 1, Birmingham

27/4/23 – Kentish Town Forum, London

28/4/23 – Chalk, Brighton

29/4/23 – Marble Factory, Bristol


balance is gone

black curtains in the bag

blue bones (deathwish)


saboteur forcefield

roundabout sadness



same gun


apathy is wild

blackout signal

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