Better Things To Do

 
 
 

FOR RELEASE THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 19TH

Contact: Teresa Tuan (801) 910-0043 teresa@ohthenerveband.com

Oh The Nerve’s Queer Homage to Carmen San Diego

(San Francisco, CA) September 28, 2018

Bay area queer feminist pop/R&B band, Oh The Nerve, will release a new music video “Better Things To Do” on October 19th. A campy homage to the classic computer game, “Where in the World is Carmen San Diego?” the video features frontwoman Teresa Tuan playing the role of a detective journeying through the streets of San Francisco in search of the notorious crime syndicate leader Carmen San Diego.

Directed by Jared Swanson with cinematography by Cedric Letsch, “Better Things To Do” is a ‘90s nostalgia-laden love letter to San Francisco. Tuan’s pursuit of Carmen San Diego is an attempt to restore the stolen San Francisco fog, popularly known by locals as “Karl.” Complicating matters, Carmen San Diego also happens to be her ex-girlfriend. She is faced with the choice of fulfilling her mission or a second chance at love.

“Better Things To Do” is the second single from Oh The Nerve’s upcoming debut EP “Sweet Soul Music,” which will be released November 16th. With an effervescent melody evoking classic Motown and rich alto vocals reminiscent of Sara Bareilles, it tells the story of the high and lows of infatuation.

Consisting of Tuan (lead vocals/keys), Alena Coons (bass guitar), Madison Davis (background vocals) and Jess Fenton (guitar/production), Oh The Nerve came together when Tuan, a solo artist, was looking to put together an all-female band in the Bay Area. They quickly bonded through the shared experience of feeling isolated and ignored as women in music and their mutual desire to claim their own space as a group. With frank lyricism from Tuan’s perspective as a gay, first-generation Chinese-American, their music deals with the complex nuances of navigating a multifaceted identity in contemporary America. They were recently featured in Apple’s inaugural San Francisco Pride Weekend event.

 

Biography

 
 

Oh The Nerve is a queer feminist pop/R&B band from Berkeley, California. They blend the exuberant grooves of vintage soul and lush pop melodies with honest and vulnerable songwriting about relationships, representation, and identity. Their songs inspire listeners to rebel against societal stereotypes and boldly define themselves on their own terms.

 

Featuring Teresa Tuan (lead vocals/keys/production), Alena Coons (bass guitar), Madison Davis (background vocals), and Jess Fenton (lead guitar/production), the band came together when Tuan, a solo artist, was looking to put together an all-female band in the Bay Area. “Female musicians are still in the minority. We have to confront a number of assumptions about who we are, what we play, and what kind of music we can create. I wanted to change that. Because if all the players are women, then maybe we stop being seen as ‘the girl singer’ or ‘that chick guitar player’ and instead get to simply be musicians,” says Tuan.

 

The three quickly bonded through the shared experience of feeling isolated and ignored as women in music and their mutual desire to claim their own space as a group. With frank lyricism from Tuan’s perspective as a gay, first-generation Chinese-American, their music deals with the complex nuances of navigating a multifaceted identity in contemporary America.

 

Oh The Nerve was recently featured in Apple’s inaugural San Francisco Pride Weekend event. They can be found performing throughout the Bay Area and will release their first EP Sweet Soul Music on November 16th, 2018.

 

Sounds like: Sara Bareilles, Amy Winehouse, HAIM

Genre: Pop/R&B

 

Additional Videos

I Know I Know I Know (Tegan and Sara Cover)

Live at Apple Union Square for Today at Apple: Pride Weekend on 6/24/2018.

 

Middle of the Bed

Premiered on The Bay Bridged: “[T]he vintage grooves of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings and the blunt, lyrical honesty of Amy Winehouse…”

Directed by Jared Swanson. Cinematography by Cedric Letsch.

Featuring professional ballroom dancers, Eric Koptke and Chelsea Farrah-Koptke.

Sweet Soul Music EP

Here's a sneak peek of our upcoming EP Sweet Soul Music that will be released November 16th, 2018.

Photos

 

Photo credit: Portraits to the People and Ivan Velasquez (Today at Apple)