the nervy betters

the nervy betters are steve brett, henry ireland, eimear o'donovan,
nicol parkinson, rhiannon parkinson and joan patrick

27 may 2018 - cafe kino, bristol supporting modern studies. tickets £5

8 apr 2018 - servant jazz quarters, dalston, london.
album launch show with pollyanna valentine.

9 apr 2018 - the scout hut, bristol.
album launch show supporting cath and phil tyler. tickets at headfirst.

14 apr 2018 - the audacious art experiment, sheffield.
album launch show with waldo reset + bethan robinson, £5 donations, BYOB.

announcing our second album, a day and a season later

exclusive pre-order from RADIO/on or listen at bandcamp.
released on stitch-stitch records on 9 february 2018.

We bit off more than we could chew and gnawed on it for three years.

We hunkered down for a bonfire night weekend in a house on the south coast with our drummer Nicol, who recorded and mixed the album. In bedrooms and kitchens, attics and halls, over the following years the songs grew with new harmonies, instruments and voices. We are joined here by Ian Humberstone, Emma Hooper, Sue Lord, Eimear O'Donovan, Rhiannon Parkinson, Joan Patrick, Greg Phillips and Ben Ransom, singing, playing, making a noise. As always, we are in deep debt to our friends for playing and singing on this record.

Strings, horns, bird calls, feedback, voices. Walking home. Singing songs about the places we live and the places we’ve been and the places we’ve left. Documenting moments and feelings for nobody and for no reason. Taking a pencil for a walk. Colouring in the spaces.

We tried hard and it mattered to us very much.

The world changed. We try to be our heroes but cannot help being ourselves. As we come together as individuals moving in many directions at once, we form a new thing, and maybe that thing is a little older and more sure of itself than it was the first time around.

We hope you like it.

listen to our first album

eternal thanks to roll for the soul (2013-17) for being the best venue in bristol. we'll miss you.

18 dec 2016 - roll for the soul, bristol. with tissø lake and vase

23 june 2016 - palomica album launch at the haunt, stoke newington.
with palomica and actual crimes

10 dec 2015 - cafe kino, bristol. with the burning hell and susie asado.

23 nov 2015 - the scout hut, bristol. with frozy and headfall.

illustration by rosie faragher

autumn tour 2015 with tissø lake

22 october - exeter, with tissø lake
24 october - bristol, roll for the soul with tissø lake, yoshino shigihara and the balky mule
25 october - london, afternoon show, tompion hall with tissø lake

live tape

buy from bandcamp.

summer tour 2015 with the living end!

10 june - jt soar, nottingham with the living end! and the blue period
11 june - birmingham, house show with the living end!
12 june - glasgow, house show with the living end!
13 june - queerfest leeds!!!!! with the living end! and SO MANY GREAT BANDS
14 june - the redhouse, sheffield with the living end! and john t angle and the spirit levels
15 june - roll for the soul, bristol with the living end! and mountains we weren't
16 june - the rumsey wells, norwich with the living end!, vase and the crow eaters

26 april 2015 - cube cinema, bristol supporting diane cluck (!!!)

pictures by phil dodd

we are currently working on our second record.

video for 'gravestone' by david hopkinson


summer tour 2014 with frozy

5 august - roll for the soul, bristol with frozy, the middle ones and oh peas!. 7:30pm / donations. fb event.

9 july - the nest, bath with frozy and hallie and the annies. 8pm / free!
10 july - gwdihŵ café bar, cardiff with frozy and oh peas!. 8pm. fb event
11 july - london, house show
12 july - birmingham, house show with the shalfonts, frozy and elopes. fb event
13 july - gullivers, manchester with frozy and cult party. 8pm / free! fb event
14 july - 13th note, glasgow with frozy and ian humberstone. 8pm / £4 / 18+ only (sorry)
16 july - travelling man bookshop, newcastle with frozy and skull puppies. 8pm / £5 suggested. fb event

debut album on sale now. LP/CDR/download:

buy from stitch-stitch or bandcamp.

there's treasure everywhere wrote a nice thing about it.

monday 26 may 2014 - the grain barge, bristol with two wings.
7:30pm - £5. facebook event

easter tour 2014

with two white cranes and palomica
19 april - the spotted dog, digbeth, birmingham
20 april - house show, hollingbury road, brighton
21 april - house show, hollydale road, peckham

1 feb 2014 - tell everyone everything all-dayer at the southbank club, bristol. with trust fund, the middle ones, two white cranes, jelas and many more. fundraiser for linkage bristol.

The Nervy Betters - Franky.

their first record will be released on polite records and stitch-stitch in spring 2014.


summer tour 2013 with two white cranes

22nd august - house show, bristol
23rd august - house show, birmingham
25th august - house show, manchester
26th august - house show, oxford
27th august - the bicycle shop, norwich
28th august - house show, seaford
29th august - house show, london

tour diary

11 may 2013 - brainlove festival at the windmill, brixton.
thanks to mat riviere for inviting us to play.

2 may 2013 - cafe kino, bristol. with rob st john.

22 aug 2012 - our first gig, at cafe kino, bristol. part of a year with henry ireland: "write good songs". with morbison, the sorry people and moscow rules.

picture by frances dixon