Nervous Twitch – Keeping Faith In Something (Reckless Yes)

Nervous Twitch – Keeping Faith In Something (Reckless Yes)

Leeds three-piece Nervous Twitch return with their first new music since 2017’s I Won’t Hide to give us a taste of their fourth album with single Keeping Faith In Something.

Nervous TwitchArtist: Nervous Twitch
Track: Keeping Faith in Something
Label: Reckless Yes
Released: 9 October 2020
Find it: Spotify | Bandcamp

Stalwarts of the UK DIY scene Leeds-based three-piece Nervous Twitch have been away for a while, and it’s the release of new single Keeping Faith In Something which really makes you realise how long that absence has been and how welcome their return is.

With synth-stabs the track blends retrofuturism rock ‘n’ roll with ’60s Girl Group vocals underpinned with New Wave punk fuzz. It’s very recognisably Nervous Twitch, while also naturally evolving their sound too. Those influences from The Cramps, to the Ramones, through The Ronettes, and Bikini Kill are all here and it’s still got a raw ’70s edge to the deadpan delivery to the vocal but is softened and rounded with the surf-garage flavour of the chorus.

The band said of the track, Sometimes it feels as though society pins materialistic hopes and goals on life and you are judged for having alternative motives. But we are all running our own race, and sometimes cannot control the route we take.”

This song may have been written before the hell-mouth of 2020 fully opened, but it certainly feels its found its moment with apt lyrics for the pandemic-charged end-stage capitalism we’re all suffering now. It’s a first taste of their fourth album, due in early 2021 via Reckless Yes, and comes with non-album bonus track (did we decide if we’re calling these b-sides still?) Something To Look Forward To.

This is a more subdued affair from the band but no less pertinent to the current times. Stripped back to guitar and vocals, this may be a lo-fi recording but shows a band who don’t need to pack their tracks out to retain their signature sound, and who can get shoot a straight arrow at your emotions without being indulgently introspective, or leaning on purple prose. There’s a touch of ’70s folk in the guitar tones here, just enough to make you feel the comfort of nostalgia without becoming burdened by times, and sounds, past.

Keeping Faith In Something by Nervous Twitch is out now digitally on Reckless Yes.

Find Nervous Twitch: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Spotify | Bandcamp

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* Disclaimer: Sarah Lay is co-founder of Reckless Yes so is partially responsible for the release of this track. However, she would only release or write about music she really loved so this is more about enthusiasm for great music, and great artists than it is touting her own wares.

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Sarah Lay

Sarah Lay is editor of Popoptica.
A long-standing music journalist she's also co-founder of independent record label Reckless Yes, an author of novels, and when not messing around with words and music, a digital strategist.
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