Even though the first day of summer officially comes tomorrow, we’re going to party like it’s “The Last Day of Summer” with the brand new music video from Mike & The Nerve.
This is one of those classic, quintessential summer punk anthems, complete with the singalong chorus and the feel-good vibes in celebration of life, friendship, and youth. It lines up very nicely with that infectious brand of punk that the quartet are becoming known for since their formation in 2017. You can’t help but hear that Gainesville fervour and musical heritage within their sound, reminiscent of other Gainesville area exports like Against Me! and Hot Water Music.
Elaborating on the context of the song, band frontman Mike Llerena states:
“‘The Last Day of Summer’ is about enjoying the best time of your life, knowing that nothing good lasts forever. Sonically, we wanted the song to be this fun, summer bop that people would enjoy singing along to, while also having the lyrics depict someone dealing with a figurative dark cloud that interrupts that sunshine.”
Discussing the recording process and working with producer Lee Dyess, Llerena adds:
“This project had a few cool ‘firsts’ on it. As fans of Lee, we were excited to work with him as our producer for the first time. It was also our first time recording with this iteration of the band and with a new pre-production process. Thankfully, things came together in a really cool way and we’re stoked with how the song came out.”
Llerena is very capably supported with Mike & The Nerve by guitarist Will Diaz, bassist Nathaniel Fuller, and drummer Phil Kaneps. Through two full-lengths and several singles now, their brand of heartland indie-punk has struck a chord with their growing audience. They have toured alongside acts such as Laura Jane Grace of Against Me!, Chuck Ragan and the Camaraderie, War on Women, Anthony Raneri of Bayside, and many more. Nothing lasts forever, particularly the good times, so Llerena and his bandmates would like nothing more than for you to embrace those good times and make the absolute most of them.