Zero Nerve Response

Zero Nerve Response


Zero Nerve Response (ZNR) is a modern rock band from the suburbs of Buffalo NY, playing strong sets of modern and classic rock covers backed by their own original modern rock music. ZNR’s covers range from Beatles to Nickelback, and their original music varies from rock, alt, dance, and power pop.


The four members of ZNR are a mixed collection of experienced players and up-and-coming musicians. This lineup boasts strong rhythms and melodies driven by a very versatile drummer, solid guitar players, and powerful vocals. All four members share a similar taste in music, and that ever-forward attitude to do anything and everything to make the songs work. From electric to acoustic, from atmospheric to edgy, their music is emotional, powerful, and colorful.

Tom Wirth – Lead Guitar/Vocals – 32 – Tom is an experienced guitarist with over 15 years under his helm. His guitar playing is solid and powerful, and his vocals provide a hard-edged facet to the music. Tom has performed on stage for 8+ years, previously with Buffalo rock band Sterling Park. With Sterling Park, he opened for such national acts as The Trews and The Headstones. He has great stage presence, and is excellent with crowd interaction.

Derek McKinnon – Lead Vocals/Guitar – 26 – Derek is a natural musician and promising vocalist. Vocally, Derek is versatile, and can easily switch from hard rock to sweet melodies, while still giving a unique flavor to every song. He has 12+ years of experience on guitar, and was playing on stage by the age of 16. Derek often uses a variety of guitar effects to add texture to his solid rhythms and melodic leads.

Wil Wirth – Bass – 28 – Wil is a solid bassist that shows clear-cut musical skill. Whether he’s layering an atmospheric bass line behind a verse or locking with the kick drum to get people dancing, Wil provides a concrete backbone to Zero Nerve Response. Additionally, he is an entertaining individual to watch, and a sight to behold on stage.

Gary Sawning – Drums/Vocals – 37 – Gary is a veteran in the music business. He has been drumming his whole life, and has played all sorts of venues in Nashville, Virginia Beach, and Buffalo. He has played with many bands, and has opened for national acts Creedence Clearwater Revival, Chuck Berry, Sammy Kershaw, Phil Vassor, and John Cafferty. He has played with renowned Buffalo acts such as The JC Thompson Band, Chain Reaction, Sterling Park, and The Barb Wire Band. Gary’s drumming is powerful, professional, and energetic.

ZNR's influences include The Beatles, Green Day, Nirvana, Our Lady Peace, Oasis, Third Eye Blind, Bush, Institute, Foo Fighters, Nickelback, and Metallica.


ZNR EP - Five original songs, self-recorded and produced:
1. Get Out
2. Escape Attempt
3. Confidence
4. I Knew All Along
5. Stuck Here With Myself

All songs are available for streaming and purchase from MySpace and ReverbNation.

Set List

Our sets usually consist of 10-12 songs, and we have much more than 3 sets worth of material. We can do both covers and/or original songs (venue's choice).

Our cover songs range from classic rock and pop to modern rock and alternative. We do play quite a few 90's songs, but our main goal is crowd enjoyment.

Examples of Cover Songs

50’s & 60’s
• Brown Eyed Girl (Van Morrison)
• Come Together (The Beatles)
• Folsom Prison Blues (Johnny Cash)
• Get Back (The Beatles)
• My Generation (The Who)
• Sympathy For the Devil (The Rolling Stones)
• You Can’t Always Get What You Want (The Rolling Stones)
• You Really Got Me (The Kinks)

• Blitzkrieg Bop (The Ramones)
• I Wanna Be Sedated (The Ramones)
• I Want You to Want Me (Cheap Trick)
• I Will Survive (Gloria Gaynor/Cake)
• Let’s Get It On (Marvin Gaye)
• Stuck In the Middle (Stealers Wheel)
• Sweet Home Alabama (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
• T.N.T. (AC/DC)
• The Joker (Steve Miller Band)

• 867-5309/Jenny (Tomm