Friday, July 26, 2013
Dallas proto-punk band The Nervebreakers reunite on July 27
They once declared we should "Hijack the Radio." Now, they're hijacking the stage at Club Dada.
DEEP ELLUM Dallas may not have discovered punk rock until the Ramones blew into town, but by then the groundwork had been duly laid by The Nervebreakers, which founding member and guitarist Mike Haskins described as the city's answer to punk before punk even existed. On Saturday, July 27, all of the band's original members will reunite for a show at Club Dada in Deep Ellum.
Sponsored by Kettle Art, the show offers a rare glimpse into a side of Dallas defined by its undefinable essence. The band emerged from a seeming vacuum -- yes, they could trace roots to The Kinks and The Stones, as well as The Velvet Underground -- but more importantly that influence was simply that: influential but not definitive. During the band's initial run, lasting roughly from 1975 through 1980, The Nervebreakers played hard, fast, loud, and they opened for The Ramones, The Clash, and the Sex Pistols before backing a successful resurgence by Texas psych artist Roky Erickson.
While The Nervebreakers have toured, played, and recorded sporadically -- new material called "Face Up to Reality" is slated to be released by Get Hip Records this year -- Saturday's show presents a rare opportunity to see all five core members together. As the band's Facebook page cheekily announces, there's no time better than the present as, "unlike a number of their contemporaries, they are all still alive."
The show starts at 8 p.m. Saturday with warm-up sets by Hello Lover, The Copper Gamins, and Venetian Sailors.
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