Rated 5 out of
Nuanced Nervus Superb
Nervus is a band I have been following for some time so I took the opportunity to see them at the Boston Music Rooms in London during their latest tour. They have had a change of band members as their original base player was replaced by Lucinda from the Kamikaze Girls due to other commitments. Is Nervus a punk rock act, I am not really sure but they tackle subjects others choose to avoid but in an approachable and coherent manner. Their songwriter, Em Foster, creates music that not only appeals to their core audience but to anyone else who enjoys music at any level. Their set comprised tunes from their original album Permanent Rainbow and their superlative second album Everything Dies. I suspect most of the audience were au fait with their work though for many I suspect it was the first time they had seen the band, they certainly will not have been disappointed. I lost track of all the wonderful tunes we were engulfed with but it was all rather stunning with tunes from both albums filling the venue to the delight of the crowd. Towards the end of the set Lucinda left the stage and their original base player, Karl Woods, replaced her. For those of us who have followed Nervus foe a while it was a very pleasant surprise but I suspect it was lost on a fair proportion of the crowd.
Support was amazing, Nervus have a reputation of having both high calibre support and more than one band extra. First we had Sugar Rush, a vibrant three piece pop punk act, who were very good and very much appreciated by the crowd. Next there were two acts from the USA, first was Great Wight from Brooklyn who are an Afro Punk band and were fabulous and really entertaining. The other US act was Worriers who are also from Brooklyn and a punk act but slightly more mellow than the others, I really liked them and their singer who was celebrating their birthday had a stunning vocal performance.
Date published: 2018-11-20