Toronto’s post-punk synth-pop trio The Nursery is back following the release of their widely acclaimed 2017 debut, Life After Wartime. The band has spent a large part of the past two years building a studio in Toronto, allowing them to create a sound that is uniquely their own. The result is “Radium Girls,” the first track from the band’s sophomore LP, Candy + Gloom, due out later this year.

Radium Girls” is a cautionary tale inspired by the documentary Radium City. The single tells the story of women who died due to poisoning from their work. Lead songwriter, Alex Pulec says of the track: it was important to me that the song was uplifting and entertaining even though it highlights the horrific human tendencies we have. I realize those are two opposing feelings, but that juxtaposition is the signature in most of our music.