Skip to main content

The Globe and Mail

Eyes in the Heat: It’s fresh, loud and proud

By Nerve Beats; streaming at

"New needs new techniques, and the modern artist has found new means and new ways of making their statements."

That's the manifesto from Nerve Beats, the artful punks from Honolulu who introduce their Radio Action album with those words and the chugging garage-jazz announcement of the opening track Eyes in the Heat.

Story continues below advertisement

The excitement of the new comes from jagged guitars, avant ideas for bass breakdowns and drumming, which pounds like tomorrow at the door.

The cuts that follow include an off-kilter bop of beat-poetry and a power-trio version of Coltrane's A Love Supreme. It's fresh, it's loud, it's proud, and like the attack on Pearl Harbor, no one saw it coming at all.

Report an error Licensing Options
About the Author

Brad Wheeler is an arts reporter with The Globe and Mail. More


The Globe invites you to share your views. Please stay on topic and be respectful to everyone. For more information on our commenting policies and how our community-based moderation works, please read our Community Guidelines and our Terms and Conditions.

We’ve made some technical updates to our commenting software. If you are experiencing any issues posting comments, simply log out and log back in.

Discussion loading… ✨

Combined Shape Created with Sketch.

Globe Newsletters

Get a summary of news of the day

Combined Shape Created with Sketch.

Thank you!

You are now subscribed to the newsletter at

You can unsubscribe from this newsletter or Globe promotions at any time by clicking the link at the bottom of the newsletter, or by emailing us at