April 29, 2012 1 comment
Nero is the duo of British-born producers, remixers, DJs, and artists Dan Stephens and Joe Ray, who are joined by dynamic singer Alana Watson for their live concerts. Nero is touring in support of Welcome Reality, which was released to rave reviews byCherrytree/Interscope Records in December. With its thunderous bass, hail of house rhythms, lightning flashes of rave synths, and showers of guitar, the album “pulls dubstep toward the arena-pop spotlight without leaving its shadows behind,” as the New York Times put it in its review, while Billboard noted that Nero “comes off like a dubstep-powered pop band.”
I was able to check out their show the other night in Denver. The show was part of their new “Second Reality” tour, which has taken them across the expanse of the US, including the launch of a residency at Surrender in Las Vegas and performances at Coachella. Their live performances are quite the spectacle. The guys came out wearing matrix-esque attire, with thick visors (think Cyclops or the dude from Star Trek). They looked like they were from the future. Or aliens. Or future-aliens… Their shows find them performing high atop a custom-built booth consisting of ghetto blasters, retro TV’s, old amps, and an arcade machine centerpiece.
Released in the U.K. in August, Welcome Reality debuted at No. 1 and rapidly earned Gold status, fueled by its singles “Innocence,” “Guilt,” “Promises” (which also stormed straight to the top of the UK charts) and “Me and You,” which was the most played record on Radio 1 for three weeks in a row and is now the first U.S. single from the album.
Check out the video trailer for HARD Summer 2012 here featuring “Promises” (Skrillex & Nero Remix) and Nero’s Dan Stephens.