Nervous Germans is the alt-rock quartet of Sabine Ahlbrecht (Drums), Micki Meuser (Bass), Gary Schmalzl (Guitar) and Grant Stevens (Vocals), based in Berlin – Germany.
On hitting play it is apparent these are a group of experienced musicians, wait a minute – Nervous Germans – would that be the band that disappeared in 1984? It would be and they have resurfaced with new sense or purpose.
An interim LP Volatile was released last year, mixing new material with old. I have had the absolute pleasure of being sent the eleven tracks on the LP From Prussia With Love which is to be released on 5/5/15. I particularly like their sense of humour, which coincides with mine and for the first time in a long time I can use numerical date format without confusing either side of the Atlantic. Humour has always been part of the character of Nervous Germans with the iconic track Germans Can’t Play Rock’n’roll, as a prime example – which given that Grant is an Australian could be counted as pure sardony, which like all the best sarcasm, floated above the heads with no realisation and perhaps how a band formed in 1979 manage to find themselves on a site named – ‘Emerging Indie Bands‘.
Whilst the material is superbly played there is a genuine connection between the creative process and the delivery, which is so often missing from reformations, Nervous Germans are most certainly not going through the motions as they keep the ragged edges of music delivered with passion and finesse. There is a seductive warmth to the tracks that just finds you tearing off clothes and lighting scented candles as the luxurious waves of sound caress the audience in intimate embrace.
Running the gamut of rock references, to soulful blues, even finding time for a parody in the middle of the LP – Happy Birthday Major Tom that doesn’t appear out of place – Nervous Germans provide evenly spaced tempo, which they fill with arching melody and rhythm as the bass / percussion combinations perform a lap-dance around the ears, to which the vocal, that runs with the eddies, rounds out the performance.
I wish I could share every track with you, but I can’t, so unlike me, you will have to wait until May the 5th for the full seduction performance of From Prussia With Love to be yours for the asking, which is perhaps a good thing, affording you time to select the candles in advance and ensure you are with a partner before hitting play. For now the one tune I am able to share – Superstars (and Superheroes) which is the opening number.
Superstars (And Superheroes) – Single – Nervous Germans is available on iTunes.*
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