YOU MAKE me

BRI­TAIN’S Best-kept Se­cret have just Been An­nounced for Creeper’s de­cem­ber mega­tour. here’s WHAT you Need To know…

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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.”

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