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Leeds, United Kingdom (1987 – 1993)

Nerve Rack was a post-punk / indie-noise band from Leeds, UK. They formed in late 1987, when Mark (bass/vocals) responded to an ad placed by Doug (guitar/vocals) in a Leeds record shop, citing an interest in the work of Sonic Youth, Big Black and That Petrol Emotion. Mark and Doug were joined on drums by Mark’s brother, Steve, to forge an uncompromising, confrontational noise unit. Their first gig was a 120-band all-dayer at Leeds University in spring of 1988. Subsequently, they were regular fixtures on the punk/anarcho/indie-noise “scene” of the time, regularly performing live all across the north of England, with occasional forays further afield. Nerve Rack’s first release (1988), the cassette-only “Fish Struck By Virus” received positive reviews in national and international fanzines, leading to an arrangement with Meantime Records to put out Nerve Rack’s debut album “Gnaw”, which was released in the summer of 1990.
Sounds (UK national music weekly) described “Gnaw” as “a mighty affair, relating tales of claustrophobic tension and anger, walking a thin tightrope between structured aggression and mindless violence” and concluding that “Gnaw may not be the most innovative LP to be made this year, but as a cleansing, impassioned experience, few will come close to it.” International Hardcore bible, Maximum Rock’nRoll also embraced “Gnaw” with terrific enthusiasm, its reviewer Lance Hahn stating “F****** great! Powerful and driving punk, heavy on the drums and schizophrenic guitar/bass action.

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