RAW NERVE: Midnight: 7”

Nov 17, 2011

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that this is the best record Raw Nerve has put out. I say that with a few weeks of listening to it pretty consistently, so that “newness” has worn off. They take complete advantage of the 7” format here, cramming eight songs on this little piece of wax, including a re-recording of their last single, “Nervous Habits.” The music is heavier than their previous records, and the tempos vary more, adding a whole new layer of intensity to their already chaotic sound. The lyrics on this record feel a lot more organic and fluid; the repetition of lines in the spoken word parts on each side sort of tie the whole record together as a whole conceptualized unit. I feel like if the band had tried to pull off another LP at this point in their development, it would have come across as overly ambitious and watery, but it’s nice to see that they channeled the energy and ideas that would have gone into a full length into a much less intimidating format.  –Ian Wise (Youth Attack)