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
WRITTEN BY
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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