Nervosas: S/T 12"

Dirtnap Records


2nd self titled album (first for Dirtnap) from hard-touring Ohio dark-punks. An improvement on their (also awesome) first album in every way. The fast songs are meaner and more aggressive, the slower songs are more textured and atmospheric. Impeccable recording, truly impressive musicianship (not a compliment you’ll hear us at Dirtnap throw around very often) and songwriting inspiration to burn. This goes way, way beyond the “punk kids playing post punk” thing going around these days. Fits in perfectly on the darker end of the Dirtnap Records spectrum, alongside such fine company as The Estranged, The Splits, Autistic Youth. Truly an important and epic mind-bender of an album.

Our take: After a whole bunch of EPs, here's the proper debut full-length from Columbus, Ohio's Nervosas. While there has been a lot of talk about this band over the past few months, I feel like this record is almost undercover good... while it has a lot of the trappings of modern post-punk-inspired bands (including the near-omnipresent chorus on the guitar, though it's not as heavy-handed as most bands), Nervosas don't scream "POST-PUNK" or "GOTH" in the same way that a lot of bands do. Rather than basing their entire identity around a tribute to that style and era, Nervosas instead wear the style like a comfortable t-shirt that conforms perfectly to the contours of their upbeat pop songs. If you've listened to the Chameleons as much as I have you'll probably immediately recognize that Nervosas' main singer has a very similar timbre and cadence to his voice, so listening to this feels comfortable, but without the cheesiness that singers who imitate other singers can fall into (and, seriously, how many singers these days just rip Ian Curtis way too hard?). Even though this is post-punk-inspired, it makes total sense that it's on Dirtnap because there's that slight undercurrent of pop-punk that defines much of their catalog... and, indeed, if you can't get down with Exploding Hearts or Marked Men or Radioactivity this is probably not going to be for you even though the band plays a fairly different style. While I think most people would agree this LP is a grower (it took me until about listen 3 before I really got it), once it has it's hooks in you it's one of those records that you'll find yourself reaching for over and over and over. Highly recommended if you like any of the aforementioned bands and/or (especially) Pleasure Leftists.
Tags: 10s melodic post-punk recommended