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The best kept secret in music


INDIE rockers Nerine were crowned the area’s top band at Boston’s Axe and Cleaver last Wednesday.
The Spalding-based five-piece scooped the Battle of the Bands title after a closely-fought contest between the six finalists.
The Axe’s Malc Creasey said: “It was a very tight contest. There were three bands in it at the end – Nerine, Evil Scarecrow and Zero Point, and Nerine just nicked it.”
The other outfits who made it through the heats to Wednesday’s final line-up were Demilitia, SP-30 and Records.
The four-piece Evil Scarecrow had the consolation of being voted best visual act by the judging panel in the Boston College-organised competition.
Winners Nerine are all from the Spalding area and comprise James Stamp on vocals, Garry Sharp on bass, guitarists Stuart Carr and Lee Batuik and Rob Howman on drums.
The present line-up has been in action around 18 months, though James, Garry and Stuart have been playing ogether in various bands for more that eight years.
Their style has been favourably compared to Seattle grunge rockers Pearl Jam.
Singer James was delighted with the band’s win.
He told The Standard: “We entered last year and came third. This year we thought we’d give it another try, and we’re very pleased with the result.” - The Standard - Boston - Nov 2003

A little disheartened by the lack of competition, Nerine still took to the stage for some real belters.
And vocalist James Stamp was definitely the hero of the night – how he reminded me of Nickelback’s vocalist Chad Kroeger.
This band made me feel so alive that it took me back to the days of Pearl Jam and stage diving.
They will knock the socks off their semi-final rivals, if their performance on Thursday is anything to go by.
- Aranda Gerrard - Peterborough Evening Telegraph - April 2003

The first thing your immediately drawn and made aware of when initially hearing the latest four track CD release from Nerine is the emotional turmoil bubbling just below the surface of lead singer James Stamp’s vocals, it’s such a distinctive sound and could serve as a key in time to setting Nerine apart from the growing pack of youthful rockers currently swelling the ranks of this already over subscribed genre. And while the vocals might prove to be the key one shouldn’t forget the melodic accompaniment which vacillates between high-octane wide screen dramas and impassioned power grooves that ultimately provide for an overtly professional sheen that probably befits ensembles deemed several leagues ahead of them by the majors. Nerine are by rock standards the full shilling, often compared to Pearl Jam and something which is well levelled and borne out by their set, they serve up darkly lit arrangements which when not erupting simply growl, ‘Shallow’ softens up the listener with its spidery chimes before festering up into a brooding blaze of hateful licks that might go some way to galvanizing opinions that the UK rock is doing the American sound better than the Americans themselves these days. ‘Blind’ has the effect of being caught outside amid a torrential storm lost and trying to find your way home through ever changing harrowing apocalyptic landscape, a daunting maelstrom of windswept war scarred planes. ‘Voices’ is pretty much a power ballad of the kind Whitesnake were so often apt to flick out with such seeming ease but with a hardened attitude skin, doom laden and hurting, rising to peaks of sophistication and dipping to depths of despair in the blink of an eye. Finishing up with comparatively sparse ‘Lost Alone’ which for me is the best cut of the set mainly because it’s pretty much a scorching upbeat rocker that loosens itself from the trademark dense dynamics and just goes hell for leather. All said and done a pretty nifty release and well worth seeking out.
- Losing Today


Thirdman EP - Released 2000
Shallow EP - Released December 2003

Samples of all tracks can be found on our website.


Feeling a bit camera shy


Ten years after their first tentative steps ay creating credible music, Nerine are now establishing a strong reputation for themselves in many different parts of the country.

Based in Spalding, Lincolnshire, the five piece outfit have built up a loyal following. Founding members James Stamp, Stuart Carr & Garry Sharp have been joined more recently by new recruits Lee Batiuk and Rob Howman. The result is a dynamic sound that combines a compositional complexity with a raw and hard edge.

Shallow (released Dec 2003), the follow-up to the band's 2000 release Third Man, meets the high standard set by its predecessor, through lively, introspective songs Shallow, Lost Alone, Blind & Voices. As a live act, the band have built up their following by playing high octane sets at venues such as Fulham, Norwich, Northampton, Lincoln & Cambridge.

A dedicated and serious approch to their music is set aside when, in any spare time, the band pursue interests such as snowboarding and surfing.