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On the Up: Nervosas

Nervosas have had a whirlwind year since releasing their self-titled 2xLP debut album via Let’s Pretend Records. They went from a tucked-away secret to a band whose name seemingly dominated year-end conversations in more than a few specialty circles for the latter half of the year. Nearly every distro that Nervosas or any of their previous releases were available in are currently out of stock. After word got out about how good Nervosas really was, there was a grassroots word-of-mouth brushfire that propelled the band towards the upper echelons of punk.

Their trajectory has been one of the most impressive for any band this year and there’s reason to believe that their profile may eventually spill out towards even greater recognition. Nervosas’ sound skews towards Savages, who have experienced their fair share of success this year, only their take is less deliberate and quite a bit more fiery than their UK counterparts. Obvious no-wave influences are present but Nervosas are toying with them in ways that feel both new and unexpected. Nervosas itself is blinding and relentless but has an undeniable powerpop hue to it, not too dissimilar to how The Clash and The Replacements worked the genre into their music.

While Let’s Pretend (who have had an incredible past few years and emerged as one of basement punk’s leading taste-makers) have temporarily sold out of Nervosas material, the demo tape can still be purchased via Cowabunga! and the self-titled can be picked up over at No Breaks. Both tapes deserve to be secured immediately not just because of their quality but because of their scarcity; they’re great additions to any serious music collection and will undoubtedly be gone before long. These Ohio punk are showing no signs of slowing down and have positioned themselves nicely for a huge breakthrough.

Nervosas will be touring throughout 2014, including a March 1st double-header in Milwaukee that will find them playing with Appleseeds, Strange Matter, Crowdpleaser, Slut River, and two Heartbreaking Bravery favorites; Technicolor Teeth and Midwives. The early show (with Appleseeds, Strange Matter, and Crowdpleaser) will be at Center Street Free Space while the late show will take place at Quarter’s Rock N’ Roll Palace. Both are can’t-miss activities.

Listen to Nervosas self-titled full-length below.

Benny the Jet Rodriguez – Run. (Music Video)

Home. Run cover art

There was a time when it seemed like every other music video that an “alternative” band released was just the group of misfits responsible for the song having a blast with each other. While that branch of filmmaking certainly isn’t dead, its numbers have dwindled considerably. This is the very reason why whenever that kind of video surfaces now, the carefree nature stands out more than ever. Both The National (“Graceless”) and Swearin’ (“Dust in the Gold Sack”) used the aesthetic to craft two of the year’s most memorable videos. Basement poppers Benny the Jet Rodriguez exude that kind of slapdash nonsense with an infectious glee. They took their name from a character in The Sandlot, their music often resembles The Replacements on a particularly good night of drunken debauchery, and their music video for “Run.” features them playing baseball with firecrackers. Firecrackers. It’s all done tastefully and the sheer amount of joy manages to bleed through.  This is the best kind of pick-me-up. Both the video and the band are well worth returning to. You can buy Home. Run from No Idea and watch the video below.