Just last week I shared the exciting news that the Gower brothers, formerly of Australian progressive rock trailblazers, Cog, have returned with a new outfit called The Occupants, and now just today, it has been revealed that The Nerve, which features Cog’s drummer, Lucius Borich, has signed with Bird’s Robe Records, home to prominent instrumental post-rockers, sleepmakeswaves and Tangled Thoughts of Leaving.
Fronted by the dynamic Ezekial Ox, whose former projects include Mammal, and who has continued to write and tour with his duo, Over-reactor, the band released a teaser track, ‘Witness’, earlier in the year, which is an assault of blues infused Aussie hard rock, and is also another wonder of the internet age, having been recorded by band members based in Melbourne, Sydney and Prague.
Currently working on their debut album, the next single of which, ‘Down There’, will be released by Bird’s Robe on 31 May, The Nerve are also touring the East Coast of Australia throughout June on the following dates:
Saturday 1 June – Rock N Load, The Espy, St Kilda
Thursday 6 June – ANU Bar, Canberra
Friday 7 June – Spectrum, Sydney
Saturday 8 June – Great Northern Hotel, Newcastle
Thursday 20 June – Macquarie Hotel, Port Macquarie
Friday 21 June – The Northern, Byron Bay
Saturday 22 June – The Tempo Hotel, Brisbane
Thursday 28 June –The Sporting Globe, Geelong
Thursday 29 June – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne
Having seen Ox perform countless times, I can say without hesitation that these shows will be absolutely ball tearing, so if you’re in the vicinity, make sure you come on down. For everyone else, have a listen to ‘Witness’ below!