E.P. Of The Month: ‘NERVES’ pull off a marriage of gothic punk soundscapes with industrial overtones

Nerves have built a reputation as one of the most devastating live acts over the past 2 years, with a consistent string of headline shows and support slots around Ireland as well as the spread of a word-of-mouth buzz around the group. They recently made their UK debut with a loud, sweaty and cathartic show in the Windmill Brixton.

 

Having spent 2 years refining their sound since their last release, the band are now ready to present their debut EP Glórach. Death, degradation and emigration in Ireland are themes that are bound to the DNA of the EP along with an industrial noise punk sound. 

EP OF THE WEEK: “Nerves have created an EP portraying conflict and tensions within Irish society.

Glórach represents a period of several years of change and evolution within the band. From the brutalist slab of droning guitars and squealing feedback on Empty, the shoe gaze influenced walls of guitar and vocal layers of Thirteen, the gothic creeping and sudden blasts of noise on Porcelain and the climactic, apocalyptic collapse of Enclosed

 

The EP shows the band at their most aggressive but also their most fragile. Their quieter moments serve to make the louder ones more meaningful and impactful. While the band continues to work on new music and develop their sound further, Glórachshowcases the moments that solidified this sound as where the band were intent on heading. 

 

Recorded and co-produced by Daniel Fox of Gilla Band and mastered by Ivan Jackman, this body of work captures much of the sonic devastation that the band are capable of dishing out live. 

 

The band have pulled off a marriage of gothic punk soundscapes with industrial overtones, lyrics dealing with loss and mental health in the rural West and a visual aesthetic seeped in its inherent Irish sensibilities.

The band have been compared to my bloody valentine, Nine Inch Nails, Big Black and Bauhaus but in truth their sound across the five tracks of this EP is harder to define and certainly unique to them.

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