Grammy Award-winning, Ivor Novello-nominated trio NERO return this year with an album that celebrates a sense of love among the ruins, and cements their reputation as one of Britain’s most exciting bands. It both complements 2012’s Number One album Welcome Reality (and attendant hits ‘Me & You,’ ‘Guilt’, and the chart-topping smash ‘Promises’) and pushes the band’s apocalyptic and frequently romantic electronic sound further than ever before. As ‘Into The Past,’ their 2013 contribution to Baz Luhrmann’s Great Gatsby soundtrack hinted, and their 2015 Coachella headline slot proved, the now fully formed three-piece are more finely tuned now than ever before.
Between II Worlds will be released on August 28 on MTA / Virgin EMI Records.
The new single ‘Two Minds‘ will be released a week prior on August 21.
NERO will headline the Pepsi stage at Wireless Festival next Friday. Performances at Lollapalooza and V Festival have also just been announced, alongside a plethora of other festival dates throughout the summer.
A special intimate fan show has also just been announced, which will take place at London’s Village Underground on July 28. Tickets available here.
The release of Between II Worlds marks Nero stepping slightly out of the shadows, with Alana front and centre like never before, now a fully fledged member of the band. Dan feels the shift in focus is a significant step. “Not many electronic acts have just one singer, but we always wanted to go out like a band,” he says, adding with a laugh: “It’s especially nice as Joe and I can just blend into the background.”
Completed in London during the spring of 2015, Between II Worlds began life three years ago in LA, in the Hollywood Hills house where Orson Welles wrote Citizen Kane. Alana’s often fragile vocals provide a brilliantly hypnotic foil to Dan and Joe’s uncompromising, hard-edged production, while that production is informed by an enigmatic retro-futuristic ideology, with its nods to Ridley Scott’s vision of a decrepit future in Blade Runner, that runs through the band’s entire identity.
NERO may be enigmatic, but the snapshots scattered throughout Between II Worlds build a picture of a band entering an exciting new phase. And it’s a phase that celebrates intense but accessible songwriting alongside the myriad musical styles that continue to inform the Nero sound.
“People talk about genres a lot,” Dan explains. “But for NERO it’s never been about any genres. It’s about electronic music, and it’s about us.”
Fans who pre-order the album will receive Satisfy, Dark Skies, and Between II Worlds instantly.