Erik Nervous: Nervoloid 7"

Erik Nervous: Nervoloid 7"


Tags: · 10s · danielspicks · garage · new wave · punk · recommended · weird
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It should come as no surprise to you that Erik Nervous is a member of the DEVO fan club. This new 7" (his first since Ice Cream on Total Punk) Features Erik ripping through some of his favorite obscure DEVO songs from various bootleg and live records. We are not men, we are NEVO.

Our take: Erik Nervous is back with a 5-song EP of Devo covers, but this isn’t a throwaway or stopgap release. Rather than just giving us his own spin on songs everyone already knows and loves, for Nervoloid Erik Nervous has dug up five Devo tracks that never received proper studio recordings and given them the fleshed-out recordings they deserve. I haven’t dug into Hardcore Devo as much as some people and I’m even less familiar with the dodgier bootlegs, so all five tracks are fresh for me. I remember Hardcore Devo being a tough listen in places with some very lo-fi recordings and artsy, out-there song structures, but in Erik Nervous’s hands all five tracks are bona fide hits. Maybe Devo didn’t change that much between their early years and their Freedom of Choice peak, aside from having clearer, more powerful production? These recordings help to make that case, and I think I’ve listened to this record nearly as many times as I listened to Freedom of Choice when I got my first copy. Whether you’re a fan of Erik Nervous, a Devo completist, or you want to hear five killer, synth-inflected punk tunes, this is mandatory listening. Highly recommended.