A new generation of Punk is rising, infused with what originally made Punk Rock great –raw power, combined with a socially conscious worldview. Fronted by powerful female vocals, The NERV packs a punch with their heavy, driving beats and brutal, in-your-face instrumentation combined with provocative lyrical content.
The NERV was born in San Francisco in 2007 with original members Christ Campbell on guitar and Nis Anthrope on the mic, later joined by bassist Ian ‘Satan’ Larkin, who toured the world as a child prodigy pianist. The band has collaborated with drummers Andy V. Galleon of Death Angel, featured on “Trust In Fire” (2016) and Paul Hopkins of Skinlab.
In response to increasingly militaristic presence the US was assuming under the Bush administration and the erosion of civil liberties on domestic soil, The NERV self-released their first LP, “The Now Crisis” in 2009 on joke label, Capitalist Records. Fueled by the #Occupy movement and outrage at police brutality witnessed in the Bay Area, specifically the shooting of Oscar Grant in a BART train station, The NERV released “Decivilized” in 2011, before #BlackLivesMatter was a movement. “Decivilized” was released on Epic Failure Records. Their third album “Trust In Fire” was originally self-released on Stony Records, but in 2016 The NERV officially signed with punk label Die Laughing Records, which is re-releasing and distributing the album globally. “Trust In Fire” is available digitally, on CD, vinyl, with a limited edition colored vinyl which includes signed and numbered posters with art by N8 Van Dyke of Heavy Metal Magazine and Nis Anthrope.
The Nerv has shared stages with D.R.I., D.O.A., Agent Orange, The Dickies, PHILM (Dave Lombardo of Slayer), The Freeze, Battalion of Saints, and The Tubes.
“We believe in the power of music and art to create social change on a systemic level. The NERV stands for emancipation, empowerment, and compassion for all forms of life. We sing to overthrow systems that perpetuate oppression.” ~ Nis Anthrope
“Hard work, hard music, good friends and good times.” ~ Christ Campbell
“Nothing spells surprise like plucking out both of your eyes.” ~ Ian ‘Satan’ Larkin
“Eat ice cream at night.” ~ Paul Hopkins
NIS ANTHROPE – VOX
CHRIST CAMPBELL – GUITAR
DEDE LEE – BASS
MYK86 – DRUMS
THE NOW CRISIS (2009)
DECIVILIZED (2011, re-released 2017)
TRUST IN FIRE (2015)