Nervis is flammable. Kurt Langley: Guitar, Vocals, Bass, Programming Igdaf Fade: Drums, Programming Nervis Guitarist, songwriter and U.S. Army diver Kurt Langley has been playing since he was eight years old. A Los Angeles native, Kurt joined the Army on a dare, pulling the plug on his band Nervis in California. Kurt never stopped playing, even as he settled into his duty station at Fort Eustis, Va., but his experiences, especially two tours in Iraq, dramatically changed his sound and method of creating music. It was during the second deployment, in 2006, that Kurt was overwhelmed with new inspiration.
Most material for Nervis’ second full-length album came to him in one fell swoop. Between missions, Kurt feverishly recorded rough versions of the new material in a sweaty makeshift sound booth at his team’s base of operations. Here Kurt churned out driving songs like “The Places That Scare You,” “The Replica” and “Tales of Power,” capturing the ambiguity of a soldier’s experience. The music is propelled by the realities of war.
The band felt a need to counter the entertainment industry’s unrealistic depiction of U.S. troops. However, Kurt and drummer Igdaf Joe Fade remain a-political. Returning home, Kurt teamed up with Fade in a cross-continental project to record and produce “Tales of Power.” Fade, an Air Force brat, has lived all over the world but remains in Los Angeles. He began playing at age 6 when he found a pair of drumsticks in the gutter, and remains an elusive figure. Later in 2007, Kurt founded Deep Sea Recording, LLC, and the pair e-mailed songs back and forth over the course of a year.
“Tales of Power” was complete and released in August 2008. Ten percent of the proceeds are being donated to the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP). The WWP seeks to assist those men and women of our armed forces who have been severely injured during the conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other locations around the world. Many of the injuries are traumatic amputations, gunshot wounds, burns, and blast injuries that will retire these brave warriors from military service. Read more on Last.fm.
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