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SPOTLIGHT: NRVS LVRS

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SPOTLIGHT:
NRVS LVRS


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“What the hell is this…” This was my first thought when seeing NRVS LVRS take the stage opening up for Say Hi and Telekinesis at the Independent in San Francisco. Not in a necessarily negative or positive way. More of an absorbed and severely intrigued way. Seeing the band live and listening to their recorded music is kind of like watching a Richard Linklater film (Boyhood, specifically) or a somewhat more twisted John Hughes movie: you start watching it with a slightly tilted head and a quizzical eye and then immediately fall for the characters and the atmosphere and by the time the end of the movie rolls around, you curse the screen because you just can’t let go.

NRVS LVRS are very, very cinematic. Their music and their live performances take you on a visual journey that is both energetic and supremely relaxing. Each song winds through the tribulations and epiphanies of love and life, pushed along by quick bursts of drums and darkly dreaming synths. Any of the band’s songs could easily and proudly fit onto the Drive soundtrack. Seeing the band live is a rather transportive experience as well. The music itself holds tremendous energy but, and I say this with a slack jaw and a call to action, its nothing compared to when it is coupled with seeing them onstage. In addition to the somewhat witchy and hypnotic music, the band utilizes moody lights and video projected behind them that features overlaid and spliced together imagery of various creepy things. Its the addition of the video that creates this magical package that you don’t even want to blink during for fear or missing a key scene.

Since the band only has a 7 song album out and we normally do our 5-or-so favorite songs by the Spotlight bands, you should probably go ahead and just take a listen to the entire album The Golden West below. The first track on the album “City Lights” even made it onto our 20 Best Songs of 2015 list. Be sure to check out their new video for “2 Young 2 Know” as well and if you want to learn even more about the band from the singer himself, check out the Liner Note Andrew Gomez wrote for the site

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SPOTLIGHT: NRVS LVRS


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“What the hell is this…” This was my first thought when seeing NRVS LVRS take the stage opening up for Say Hi and Telekinesis at the Independent in San Francisco. Not in a necessarily negative or positive way. More of an absorbed and severely intrigued way. Seeing the band live and listening to their recorded music is kind of like watching a Richard Linklater film (Boyhood, specifically) or a somewhat more twisted John Hughes movie: you start watching it with a slightly tilted head and a quizzical eye and then immediately fall for the characters and the atmosphere and by the time the end of the movie rolls around, you curse the screen because you just can’t let go.

NRVS LVRS are very, very cinematic. Their music and their live performances take you on a visual journey that is both energetic and supremely relaxing. Each song winds through the tribulations and epiphanies of love and life, pushed along by quick bursts of drums and darkly dreaming synths. Any of the band’s songs could easily and proudly fit onto the Drive soundtrack. Seeing the band live is a rather transportive experience as well. The music itself holds tremendous energy but, and I say this with a slack jaw and a call to action, its nothing compared to when it is coupled with seeing them onstage. In addition to the somewhat witchy and hypnotic music, the band utilizes moody lights and video projected behind them that features overlaid and spliced together imagery of various creepy things. Its the addition of the video that creates this magical package that you don’t even want to blink during for fear or missing a key scene.

Since the band only has a 7 song album out and we normally do our 5-or-so favorite songs by the Spotlight bands, you should probably go ahead and just take a listen to the entire album The Golden West below. The first track on the album “City Lights” even made it onto our 20 Best Songs of 2015 list. Be sure to check out their new video for “2 Young 2 Know” as well and if you want to learn even more about the band from the singer himself, check out the Liner Note Andrew Gomez wrote for the site

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  1. Boyhood? more like boohood
    but NRVS LVRS is a great band regardless of my bad joke about that movie.

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