Gainesville folk-punk quartet Mike & The Nerve are releasing their new single and music video for “Christmas In October.” With simple, sweeping piano melodies interlaced with lead vocalist Mike Llerena’s crisp, endearing choruses, this track shows utter appreciation for the community music builds.
As Floridians, this emo-tinged band is devoted to the sights and sounds of their local punk celebration The Fest. In fact, so much so that they wanted to send a special message to the well-loved underground festival. The event holds such a special place in the band’s heart that it feels less like a concert and more like a holiday worth celebrating.
“This song is our love letter to The Fest, a punk rock festival held in Gainesville every year duringHalloween weekend. I’ve attended, volunteered, and/or played at Fest almost every year for the past decade and I’ve made a lot of great friendships and memories because of it (I even got to cover it for the local newspaper once, which was fun). Fest weekend has become like a holiday for me over time — it’s one of my favorite times of year and it’s gotten me through a lot in life. We’ll be playing again this year and are super grateful to be back.”Mike Llerena, Vocalist
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