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Punk rock was born and bred into Gainesville natives Mike & The Nerve. Shaped by a local punk scene which spawned such acts as Against Me!, Hot Water Music and Less Than Jake, frontman Mike Llerena began contextualizing his influences, mixing classic rock with punk and folk — with acts like The Gaslight Anthem and Frank Turner serving as constant reference points in his songwriting. Starting out playing shows and recording music under his name, Llerena has grown Mike & The Nerve into a full-fledged band, which now includes drummer Josh Napier, backing vocalist Garret Pogue, guitarist/backing vocalist Eli Garland and bassist James Conlin.

Llerena explains “The name ‘The Nerve’ refers to both the idea of nervous energy and having ‘the nerve’ to go and do things that seem personally insurmountable, both of which are topics referenced in a lot of the band’s lyrics.”

Mike & The Nerve have played alongside national touring acts such as Swingin’ Utters, War on Women, Chuck Ragan and the Camaraderie, Anthony Raneri of Bayside, AJJ, Laura Stevenson and Ted Leo.

The band have just dropped their latest track, "How It's Supposed To Be", the second single from their upcoming 12-track studio album Watershed Drive, due for release on September 17th.



Genre: Punk, Rock, Alternative 

Band Members:

  • Mike Llerena (Lead Vocals/Guitar) 

  • Joshua Napier (Drums)

  • Garret Pogue (Backing Vocals)

  • Eli Garland (Guitar/Backing Vocals)

  • James Conlin (Bass)

Press Contact: Jesea Lee - High Road Publicity jesea@highroadpublicity.com

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