“We Are Always The Odd Ones Out” – Em Foster, Nervus (VH Interview)

On the dawn of the release of their second album, it seems everything is coming up Nervus.

After huge critical acclaim for 2016’s debut Permanent Rainbow, the crew from Watford look set to push their music to the next level with the release of Everything Dies.

But if there is a buzz surrounding the release and the band in general it is something that the four-piece try not to take too much notice of as they are very much believers of just getting on with the task in hand.

Vulture Hound caught up with vocalist / guitarist Em Foster ahead of the release of the bands second record.

There seems to be a big buzz around you guys at the moment and excitement surrounding the new record, how has that been from the inside looking out?

We are super excited for the record to come out. For us it doesn’t seem like there is a huge buzz around it because we are in it, so it is difficult to have some perspective from the inside. But we are super excited for people to hear it.

What would you say is the biggest difference between Everything Dies and Permanent Rainbow?

This record is a lot more direct – lyrically, musically, and thematically. The last record was a lot more restrained. I used a lot of metaphors in the lyrics and I didn’t feel comfortable in who I was. But this time round it is a lot more introspective. Musically it is a lot punchier as well. I think as a band we are now more comfortable with what we wanted to do and what we wanted to produce.

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Photo: Derek Bremner

Since the bands formation there has been a lot of press coverage. Whether that be about you personally and your gender dysphoria, or the band in general. Do you think that has helped with the directness of the new material?

If anything the attention makes it more difficult – if you’re exploring yourself. When I talk about these things, I am talking about them not so long after I have figured them out myself, so it can be quite intense and anxiety provoking at times.

It has been well documented about your own journey of self discovery and being comfortable with how you identify yourself. Have you found that people have really connected with your story and feel more comfortable approaching you at shows?

When we toured with Creeper we met loads of Trans and Queer people who, I wouldn’t say that we inspired them, but they were really appreciative of seeing a Trans or Queer person on stage it is a great thing for them to see. People are excited to see themselves being more represented especially in the music scene in a world where things can be so easily accessible now.

Having done the tour with Creeper and getting geared up to hit the road with Milk Teeth, has it been a strange experience seeing the band grow into what it is today?

We treat every show the same. Our aim is to go on stage and have fun and enjoy it. The biggest change is the size of crowd and our monitor mixes, but we still tour in the same way, we still just jump in the van and enjoy ourselves. If anything, the riders are a little better but its much the same.

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Your music seems to cross over several genre boundaries, do you feel that has helped you carve out your path to these bigger shows?

We are used to winning people over at shows who may never have heard us. We are always the odd one out no matter what bill we have been on – it is where we thrive when we are playing to audiences who don’t have a clue who we are. We have always done that – we aren’t punk, we aren’t hardcore, we aren’t indie, we are a little bit of all those things, we are the odd ones out. When you are starting out it is more beneficial to be in a category, because if you don’t people don’t know what to do with you. But it has done us a lot of favours – we have just done what we wanted since we started and we will continue to do that.

Everything Dies

Everything Dies is out on March 9th via Big Scary Monsters.

Feature photo by Derek Bremner.