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Sunday, March 9: Nervosas

Bob's Java Jive

If Nervosas can make this writer sit up and pay attention by way of chintzy headphones, their live shows have got to be combustible. Photo courtesy of Facebook

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If the punk movement was about tearing down the bloated, cliched foundation of popular music, then post-punk was the beginning of the steady rebuilding process. Like all manner of nebulous music terms, post-punk has come to mean a variety of different things to different people. Bands grouped into the post-punk genre vary wildly in style and sound - U2, XTC, Joy Division and the Cure are all bands that have carried the post-punk label at one time or another, though it'd be difficult to find a more diverse cross-section.

But, if we were to return to the most direct definition of post-punk, Nervosas is likely the type of band that you would picture. A minimalist trio of guitar, bass and drums, Nervosas embody the sort of band that might rise out of punk's late '70s pop decimation. At their core, Nervosas play straightforward, no-fucking-around punk that's heavy on charging drums and breakneck guitars. But there's tentative experimentation at play, the way that those first post-punk bands were relearning what music can be, once all the bullshit was stripped away.

Read Rev. Adam McKinney's full interview with Nervosas in the Music & Culture section.

NERVOSAS, w/ Overboard, Cult Evaders, 6 p.m., Sunday, March 9, Bob's Java Jive, 2102 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma, $5, 253.475.9843

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