Nervous Twitch: Some People Never Change
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Available 7th October
Leeds three-piece Nervous Twitch release their fifth album, Some People Never Change. Iain Key gives us the lowdown.
Erin, Jay and Ash have taken the opportunity to exploring everything from gratitude, apathy, sarcasm, and love through the confusion and frustration with life in the 2020’s on their latest offering whilst musically taking influence from 80’s British indie to 90’s American alternative college rock.
Some People Never Change is follows 2015’s Get Back In Line; 2016’s Don’t Take My TV; 2017’s I Won’t Hide; and 2021’s eponymous release. Having seen the the band earlier this year at their own festival, with a set made up from all of their releases including Social Chameleon and Forgive Yourself from this latest, they don’t show any signs of slowing down.
The fiercely independent and DIY-scene band said of the album, “Propelled by the momentum from our last release we formed our new album Some People Never Change; whilst trapped indoors the world was making bread, we were making an album! We are incredibly proud of our work and can’t wait for people to hear it.”
The album opens with the most recent single The History Of The Wild West dealing with escaping the world for a less stressful one. Erin’s observational / character piece Social Social Chameleon is next, a swipe at a certain type of individual, not that far removed from Alright Lad’s on the last album. The track also features Kara Buchanan from label mates Crystal Furs on keys. I really like the Don’t Be Mean, it’s a rush underpinned by a jaunty organ played by Erin. This is followed by What The Hell which speaks directly to the listener.
Forgive Yourself, the first track to be released from the album follows, as Jay said of it at the time, “The track captures the cycle of regret and shame before affirming the strength needed to escape these feelings leading to an empowering euphoric colourful sonic conclusion”. say the band. We can expect more of the same on the album. Some People Never Change promises to reflect on what’s lost, where we’re at, and what’s still to come and the unsettling but ultimately rewarding journey through it all”. At just over 5 minutes it’s possibly the longest track the band have released to date.
You Never Let Me Down starts off gently and builds into a mid-paced rocker with a 60’s girl group vibe while It’s Gonna Be OK is a reassuring bass driven atmospheric number also featuring Erin on organ. More Than Enough Warning is followed by We Don’t Care, another early release. The punky track lasts for only 90 seconds, is a rattling garage punk tune that takes on critics with a snarl. Jay explaining, “I was playing with a chord progression which was simple and angular, yet rocking; kind of inspired by the Kinks, Wire and Swell Maps, who I was listening to a lot at the time. This song came about so quickly compared to some, the words flowed out of me thinking about the idea of rumours and how people talk behind your back”.
From the shortest song to the one with the longest title, If You Don’t Wanna Know Me (I’m Happy on My Own). It’s another mid-paced track which lyrically leads on from We Don’t Care, the band making their independence clear. The first time I played the album, it was at this point, with This Mad At The World I stopped and repeated a couple of times. It’s a slight, acoustic ballad which gives Erin the opportunity to do something a little different, and is more than welcome. It serves as a breather before the final couple of tracks, Another Way and Snowball. The latter being a gentle piece and perfect album closer.
Some People Never Change maybe the bands 5th album but Nervous Twitch go from strength to strength. The band have been busy on the live front over recent months but have more planned (see below). If you get a chance, check them out… but before then buy this record.