'Everything Dies' was recorded and produced by Bob Cooper (Citizen, Nai Harvest, Kamikaze Girls) and Em Foster at Crooked Rain Studios in Leeds. The album weaves a tapestry of deeply personal, heartfelt lyrics, portraying the mental, physical, and existential journey of transition and acceptance. Accompanied by a captivating score, injected with emotive, punk dynamics, and with the added misdirect of a pop-tinged demeanour, 'Everything Dies' will seep into every fibre of your being.
When Em Foster, songwriter-in-chief for Watford-based rock band Nervus, began to write songs in her bedroom, she did so purely as a means of personal catharsis, a way to exorcise her demons through rapturous melodies. Chronicling Em's struggles with addiction and gender dysphoria, those songs became 'Permanent Rainbow', the 2016 debut album that emerged out of nowhere to become one of the most deeply affecting and personal collection of songs released that year.
If 'Permanent Rainbow' looked towards the self, the follow-up 'Everything Dies' deals with exterior forces and how they play on the mind of someone dealing with gender dysphoria. Like all great sophomore albums, it expands the band's horizons without compromising on their original ideals. To this end, every instrument on 'Everything Dies' (bar drums) was recorded in Em's bedroom in order to retain the home-grown DIY ethic the band adopted early on.
'Everything Dies' comes as a result of Em trying to navigate a path through her life in a world that still struggles with acceptance, and is the product of a woman comfortable in her own skin, yet uncomfortable with certain sections of society's out-dated prejudices. The album has a loosely themed structure, split up into three separate acts; birth,life and death.
"I think the theme of the album is actually quite positive, with each and every point made about the shit that you face in life and in death, there's an offer of hope. Fighting to keep things in perspective, that's what Everything Dies is about. It's not easy, it's not pretty, and it's not always possible on your own or even possible at all, and it's about grappling with that."
Nervus make music that isn't simply written but purged, a means of awakening vital to the author.
- Nobody Loses
- Sick Sad World
- Recycled Air
- It Follows
- The Way Back
- Hold Tight
- Fall Apart