Mike Llerena & The Nerve
Wed, April 18, 2018
Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pmHigh Dive
• 18 or over, unless accompanied by parent/guardian.
• NO SMOKING inside the venue.
• Smoking allowed outside in the Beer Garden!
• $3 under 21 fee charged at the door
Shaped by the 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. “As a singer-songwriter, I would say my music draws as much from Green Day as it does from Bruce Springsteen,” Llerena asserts.
His no-nonsense approach to music began as a teen when he started singing and playing guitar along to his favorite songs. This gave him the confidence to start writing lyrics and eventually picking up other instruments. He started playing live around Gainesville in 2011 and released his debut EP Gold Gone Black in 2014. His second EP Letter of Resignation, released in 2015, landed him an opening for Anthony Raneri (Bayside) and a slot at The Fest (Gainesville’s annual punk rock festival). Llerena released his third solo EP Absence & The Heart in 2017.
In June 2017, Llerena assembled a full band ("Mike Llerena & The Nerve"). The band is currently recording their full-length album debut and will be touring in support of the upcoming release.
Llerena’s music has been featured on 100.5 The Buzz (Gainesville’s New Alternative radio station), as well as publications like Independent Clauses, Onstage Magazine, Slickster Magazine, B-Sides TV, WithGuitars, Delusions of Adequacy, antiMusic, We Do It For The Love Of Music and Incendiary American.