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BRITAIN’S Best-kept Secret have just Been Announced for Creeper’s december megatour. here’s WHAT you Need To know…
They might be big favourites with the Kerrang! team, but there’s a high chance that the name Nervus might not have rung any bells for you until very recently. having quietly formed two years ago, the Watford-native indiepunks released their brilliant debut album, Permanent Rainbow, at the end of 2016 and have been plugging away touring it since then. Now, they’ve been announced as openers for Creeper’s absolutely massive headline tour in December.we thought it was about time we shone a brighter light on them, so we got vocalist em Foster on the phone for a chat…
Em! HOW DID THE CREEPER TOUR COME ABOUT?
“i played on one of Creeper’s first shows in Bournemouth when i was doing solo stuff.they were playing Novena in a tiny pub and i remember being like,‘ooh, this is bold.’ So i texted Will when they released eternity, in your Arms, just to say congrats on the album. he replied to my text and told me he liked Nervus as well and asked if we wanted to do some shows. i thought that was just the standard punk reply to someone saying they liked your album, but then we actually got an offer through!”
IT’S A MASSIVE LEAP TO PLAY VENUES THIS SIZE – WAS THERE ANY HESITATION?
“We decided at the beginning of the year that if we were offered good opportunities, we’d just take them. So, we’ve been saying yes to everything. People seem stoked about Nervus and they’re offering us things that none of us had ever been offered before in our old bands, so we’re just doing all of it.there was no hesitation with the Creeper tour.they’re such a force in the UK and have some of the coolest fans. i want to steal
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them. People can like more than one thing, so they’re not going to have to stop liking one thing if they start liking us…”
YOU’VE GOT A NEW RECORD ON THE WAY – TELL US A BIT ABOUT THAT…
“yeah, we’ve written the whole thing and we go into the studio next month.the first album was written very much for us and, honestly, we didn’t really expect or intend for people to hear it. i was worried that people would hear Permanent Rainbow because i wasn’t out [as a trans person] yet.this time, people already know, so i can be a bit more confident and direct.”
AND BEFORE THE CREEPER TOUR HAPPENS, YOU’RE OFF TO FEST 2017 IN FLORIDA. ARE YOU KEEN FOR THAT?
“yeah! it actually came about because, for my birthday, my girlfriend bought us plane tickets to Florida for late-october.and, because i’m the worst human ever, i had to try and get us on the bill.y’know, just to make it a nice, stressful experience rather than the relaxing holiday she had planned. But yeah, Fest is great. it’s basically all of my favourite punk bands from the U.S. and all the best ones from the UK in one place for three days of playing great music in the sun. it’s the best festival i’ve ever been to.”
LASTLY, YOU’VE USED YOUR MUSIC TO RAISE MONEY FOR PLANNED PARENTHOOD AND THOSE AFFECTED BY THE GRENFELL TOWER FIRE RECENTLY. HOW IMPORTANT IS THAT TO YOU AS A BAND?
“Very. People have a responsibility to look after other people.there’s no reason why we shouldn’t use our platform, even if it is very limited right now, to help those who are less fortunate.that’s always what music has been about to me. music has always been inherently political – and yeah, some people will hate that, but then i guess some people are idiots.”