the nervy betters
the nervy betters are steve brett, henry ireland, eimear o'donovan,
nicol parkinson, rhiannon parkinson and joan patrick
We bit off more than we could chew and gnawed on it for three years.
We hunkered down for a bonfire night weekend in a house on the south coast with our drummer Nicol, who recorded and mixed the album. In bedrooms and kitchens, attics and halls, over the following years the songs grew with new harmonies, instruments and voices. We are joined here by Ian Humberstone, Emma Hooper, Sue Lord, Eimear O'Donovan, Rhiannon Parkinson, Joan Patrick, Greg Phillips and Ben Ransom, singing, playing, making a noise. As always, we are in deep debt to our friends for playing and singing on this record.
Strings, horns, bird calls, feedback, voices. Walking home. Singing songs about the places we live and the places we’ve been and the places we’ve left. Documenting moments and feelings for nobody and for no reason. Taking a pencil for a walk. Colouring in the spaces.
We tried hard and it mattered to us very much.
The world changed. We try to be our heroes but cannot help being ourselves. As we come together as individuals moving in many directions at once, we form a new thing, and maybe that thing is a little older and more sure of itself than it was the first time around.
We hope you like it.
eternal thanks to roll for the soul (2013-17) for being the best venue in bristol. we'll miss you.
23 june 2016 - palomica album launch at the haunt, stoke newington.
with palomica and actual crimes
10 dec 2015 - cafe kino, bristol. with the burning hell and susie asado.
23 nov 2015 - the scout hut, bristol. with frozy and headfall.
illustration by rosie faragher
autumn tour 2015 with tissø lake
buy from bandcamp.
summer tour 2015 with the living end!
10 june - jt soar, nottingham with the living end! and the blue period
11 june - birmingham, house show with the living end!
12 june - glasgow, house show with the living end!
13 june - queerfest leeds!!!!! with the living end! and SO MANY GREAT BANDS
14 june - the redhouse, sheffield with the living end! and john t angle and the spirit levels
15 june - roll for the soul, bristol with the living end! and mountains we weren't
16 june - the rumsey wells, norwich with the living end!, vase and the crow eaters
pictures by phil dodd
we are currently working on our second record.
video for 'gravestone' by david hopkinson
summer tour 2014 with frozy
5 august - roll for the soul, bristol with frozy, the middle ones and oh peas!. 7:30pm / donations. fb event.
9 july - the nest, bath with frozy and hallie and the annies. 8pm / free!
10 july - gwdihŵ café bar, cardiff with frozy and oh peas!. 8pm. fb event
11 july - london, house show
12 july - birmingham, house show with the shalfonts, frozy and elopes. fb event
13 july - gullivers, manchester with frozy and cult party. 8pm / free! fb event
14 july - 13th note, glasgow with frozy and ian humberstone. 8pm / £4 / 18+ only (sorry)
16 july - travelling man bookshop, newcastle with frozy and skull puppies. 8pm / £5 suggested. fb event
there's treasure everywhere wrote a nice thing about it.
easter tour 2014
with two white cranes and palomica
19 april - the spotted dog, digbeth, birmingham
20 april - house show, hollingbury road, brighton
21 april - house show, hollydale road, peckham
1 feb 2014 - tell everyone everything all-dayer at the southbank club, bristol. with trust fund, the middle ones, two white cranes, jelas and many more. fundraiser for linkage bristol.
summer tour 2013 with two white cranes
22nd august - house show, bristol
23rd august - house show, birmingham
25th august - house show, manchester
26th august - house show, oxford
27th august - the bicycle shop, norwich
28th august - house show, seaford
29th august - house show, london
11 may 2013 - brainlove festival at the windmill, brixton.
thanks to mat riviere for inviting us to play.
2 may 2013 - cafe kino, bristol. with rob st john.
picture by frances dixon