Bull Nettles was formed in early 2019 by several veterans of the Omaha scene. Travis Linn (Black Squirrels, Matt Whipkey, Township & Range) tapped Doug Kabourek (The Movies, Fizzle Like A Flood), and Steve Vincik (Township & Range, Pink Flamingos) to join him as the rhythm section. Bull Nettles are influenced by a long line of rocking Americana acts like Creedence Clearwater Revival, Jason and The Scorchers, Social Distortion, and Uncle Tupelo. Bull Nettles arm themselves with loud, melodic, poignant songs which seamlessly meld country and punk. And about that name—a bull nettle is a stinging plant of the south-central US which causes intense pain to any human or animal that comes in contact with it.
The Broke Loose emerged from Omaha’s rock-and-roll underground in the fall of 2012, bringing to local stages a collection of songs that are equal parts catchy, gritty, and raw – tunes with bite that leave their mark long after the final chords fade. Drawing from a deep well of influences ranging from power pop to punk to Americana.
With local ska stalwart Corey Randone (Jimmy Skaffa) on bass and Omaha legend Dave Cooke (Qing Jao, Stacka Dimes, George Zip) installed behind the kit, the band boasts a bona fide jet-engine rhythm section rumbling under the dueling guitars of Matt Evans (Kris Lager Band) and Glenn Antonucci (Dago Red). Their working-class, Midwestern rock is steeped in the tradition of The Replacements, Hüsker Dü, and Wilco; and traverses a sonic landscape dotted with the signposts of Petty and The Clash. Their lyrical themes ride the emotional rails of love and hate, sadness, anger and exultant redemption, presented vocally with a raspy, plaintive punch.
In October 2015, the band cut its debut EP in Nashville, TN, with Grammy-nominated producer (former Wilco and Uncle Tupelo drummer) Ken Coomer at his studio, Cartoon Moon. The EP, “Who Are You Wearing?,” was released in the fall of 2016. The band then went to Make Believe Studios in Omaha, recording a second batch of songs which were released as a string of singles over the course of 2018.