Not long ago, I came across a band by the name of Nerves Junior that really blew me away. Who were these guys and where did they come from? This is the type of music the world needs to hear and support-- Nerves Junior is good music. Their full length album As Bright As Your Night Light, is one of my top albums of 2011 and hopefully will be yours too. Check out the interview with founding member Cory Wayne.
Was there a strategy behind the mystery of who Nerves Junior is? For example was being more mysterious at first a way to spark curiosity?
No, being mysterious was not intentionally a way to spark more interest, we are just chronically unorganized.
Where does the band name come from and what does it represent to you guys?
The band name is a very silly silly idea. I wanted to be called The Nerves but there is already a pretty rad, pseudo "popular" band with that title. I was listening to a lot of Dinosaur Jr. at the time, who also found themselves in a similar predicament way back when, so we took a cue from them.
You're from Louisville, how is the music scene in that area?
The music scene here is weird, but I feel like it is getting better. For example, I think we are the only "indie" band with a drum machine. But the punk and garage scene is off the chains.
How would you describe your sound and style of music?
Our sound and style is a direct bastard. Organic Electro-Pop……I'm just a lover of sounds, and while we explore a lot of different sounds, the constants are definitely the crisp punch of a snare on a drum machine that never changes, open string tunings, thick bass, et al.
As Bright As Your Night Light is one of my favorite albums of the year, can you explain briefly about the concept/process of the album?
The album is a sort of concept about losing your mind in a desert and trying to recover. There's a lot of commentary on the direct influences of my own feelings, lovers, lack of money, drugs, dreaming in the daytime.
What does the title of the album represent?
It represents a combination of childlike sleep and the ability of certain things to shine threw the dark no matter what.
I'm always a sucker for interesting cover art and for some reason As Bright As Your Nights' stands out a lot to me. Who designed the cover and what was the thought behind that?
IT WAS ALL LOGAN REULET, and the art he created totally captured the childlike wonderment I was just speaking on.
If you had to chose your favorite song on the album what would it be? Least favorite (if you have one)?
My favorite song is "Champagne with Peaches," in my eyes there is a certain balance to it that… i dunno… it seems to speak to my beauty strings, the machines and instruments speak to each other very clearly… all call and response. I don't dislike any of the songs - if there was a weak link, it would've stayed on the cutting room floor.
Any upcoming tour dates?
No tour dates as of yet… working on getting a van first.
Who is one artist or band you'd love to go on tour with?
Clinic… very very badly. We'd be down with Lady Gaga too.
Lastly, what can we expect in the future of Nerves Junior?
I dunno at the time, hopefully minimalism and more dancing, more fuzz, and more analog bass
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