This Is What Hawaii Art-Punk Sounds Like

Nerve Beats pay tribute to Jackson Pollock with "Eyes In the Heat"

Nerve Beats
Nerve Beats photo by Shirley Lam
Camille Dodero

Nerve Beats are an art-punk trio from Hawaii with situationist ideals and an avant sensibility. Three guys with extensive musical backgrounds, the Oahu-formed band fluctuate between lo-fi noise and experimental no-wave meditations. This past May, they released a cassingle tribute to the Bags’ Chicana feminist punk frontwoman (Song for Alice Bag). Next month, they’re putting out the vinyl seven-inch ART HISTORY 1& 2, which includes an instrumental reflection on the Hawaiian islands’ unification by Chief Kamehameha I and a series of songs inspired by 20th-century American painters. "Eyes In the Heat" is one of those latter tracks, a sturdy punk chug of college-radio excellence that takes its title from the 1946 Jackson Pollock work of the same name.

Nerve Beats are currently on a "DIY-as-hell" tour of the mainland. Hear "Eyes In the Heat" below and scroll down for their remaining dates.

Nerve Beats tour dates:

August 16 - Missoula, MT @ Totalfest 
August 17 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Burt’s Tiki
August 19 - Denver, CO @ Lion’s Lair
August 20 - Kansas City, MO @ Ask a Punk
August 21 - Tulsa, OK @ Soundpony
August 22 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Hi-Lo Club
August 23 - Austin, TX @ Cementerio De Hierro

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