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A Dirty Dozen with NERVOUS EATERS – November 2022

| 2 November 2022 | Reply

Photo credit: Carissa Johnson

According to a recent press release: “Pioneering Boston rock band Nervous Eaters, contemporaries of bands like the Ramones, The Police, Iggy Pop, and The Pretenders, are debuting a video for “Hop Sing Said,” the next single off their forthcoming album titled Monsters + Angels on November 11 via Stevie Van Zandt’s Wicked Cool Records. The current version of the Nervous Eaters formed in 2018 and includes three other Boston rock vets, bassist Brad Hallen (of Ministry, Ric Ocasek and The Joneses), drummer David McLean (of Willie Alexander’s Boom Boom Band) and guitarist/vocalist Adam Sherman (of Private Lightning).” We get the band to discuss new music, influences, and more…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets you put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

The record pays homage to the roots of rock n roll, the sixties rock inspired pop tunes, from traditional blues roots and to some edgy derivative punk inspired rock n roll. It is really meant to illustrate the transformation of growth, in songwriting and performance. We hope the listener can see some of the journey from Lorretta to say Superman’s Hands.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

I think for all of us in the band, there’s that one transformative moment when the Beatles appeared on Ed Sullivan for the first time, the seeds had been sown by Elvis, Little Richard and Buddy Holley, bit it was the Beatles that moved us to action.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

In the formative years there was a tidal wave of artists, the Beatles, the Stones, Kinks, Animals and constant excitement and innovation. It was really all of it, it was an extraordinary time.

4. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

Paul McCartney, Mozart of this time, nothing more to say there.

5. What is your favorite activity when out of the studio and/or not on tour?  What do you like to do to unwind?

Walking the dog, companionship, amusement, honesty, naivety, all things good.

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

We are a classic rock n roll band, we sound like a band from back in the day, again those pop infused rock songs, except fresh, an undiscovered band really, like a well-kept secret. Some folks interpret our growth in writing and preforming as softening from the original punk days. It’s not that, everything in life evolves, you can’t help but grow with it.

7. When your band is hanging out together, who cooks, who gets the drinks in, and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

We are not sing-a-long type of guys. We have a strong musical connection, all four of us go back to the early days of the Boston punk scene at The Rat, and for a couple of guys the blues. There’s much respect, humor and jokes. The band has a sound and vibe, we enjoy working together. BTW, David cooks, he wants to bring us together outside the rehearsal room.

8. When was the last time you were starstruck and who was it?

If anyone of us was to meet Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger or Keith Richards we would still be starstruck.

9. What is the best part of being a musician? If you could no longer be a musician for whatever reason, what would be your dream job?

Its that thing of being an artist, creating and performing a piece of music that moves someone in some way, whether they laugh, cry, want to dance, a spark of enjoyment. We all really dig being around animals, so if we can’t play music, animals, that’s the way to go.

10. What is one question you have always wanted an interviewer to ask – and what is the answer? Conversely, what question are you tired of answering?

We do get a lot of how did the band gets its name, asked and answered at least 1000 times by now. I think any question about the future and not the past is good. The signing to Wicked Cool Records is a great opportunity for the band. We want to push forward, gain new audiences try and persuade folks that we are that undiscovered nugget that was missed and now people get it and dig it.

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over,” even if it didn’t change your current situation?

All of us have a PTSD moment, the Electra record, the MCA records for The Boom Boom Band, what happened to Private Lightning and The Joneses, we all have been close. We are trying to harness lessons learned and apply them to now.

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

Any of those early Beatle records, life changing, dream making, something that will burn inside the four of us as long as we can pick up a guitar or drum stick.





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