NRVS LVRS have Springsteen’s I’m On Fire, covered
by Walter Price
From arguably his most commercially viable album, ‘Born In The U.S.A., Springsteen leaped into everyman folk superstardom with a slew of top of the charts hits. And one of the tracks that captivated the masses back in 1984 was his lament to falling for a near impossible love, “I’m On Fire”. You may remember the video, the one with the Uptown Girl vibe, in which The Boss, as a mechanic, is smitten with a woman above his paygrade. Awe, all the trappings of nearly every John Hughes film back in the day. But this is now and with the past year being a grotesque and daunting dumpster fire, dynamic San Francisco synth-pop duo, and GTC fave, NRVS LVRS [Andrew Gomez and Bevin Fernandez] have personalized and literalized the lyrics with their beautifully somber cover.
Cinematic and brooding, Fernandez’s signature airy vocals capture the haunting realities of a year that saw so much destruction, pain, discord, loss, and confusion. Soundtracked by a shadowy synth heartbeat, this track is a heavy reminder that we’re all trying to make sense of it all. As Bevin explains in a BlackPlastic article, “Lyrically, the song captures our feelings of the moment well. Between existential and literal threats to life as we have known it, most of us are trying to cope and do our best as we are stuck inside going stir crazy & longing for a better time or just another person to help weather the storm with.”
You can stream this zeitgeist cover as well as the original, now at the GTC.
I’m On Fire
Band photo by Kristin Cofer
Produced by NRVS LVRS & Beau Sorenson
Mixed by Beau Sorenson
Mastered by Piper Payne
“NRVS LVRS (pronounced “Nervous Lovers”) is the dreamy darkwave project of husband & wife duo Andrew Gomez and Bevin Fernandez. While citing acts like Massive Attack, Can, and Kate Bush as influences, their music flirts with caustic electro-pop elements similar to that of The Knife, Bat for Lashes, or Crystal Castles.” – bio