Santa Barbara four-piece Nerf Herder have earned their nerd stripes over the years. After writing the theme song for Buffy the Vampire Slayer and releasing a music video starring Mark Hamill, the band has little left to prove that they are, indeed, authentic, nerf-herding nerds.
“Authentic nerds” are, not surprisingly, the target of Nerf Herder’s latest effort, a lyric video for their overtly nerdy song, “At the Con.” Drummer Steve Sherlock described the track as “a smorgasbord of nerdiness. What else could you ask for? The majority of references in this song will only be understood by authentic nerds.”
“At the Con,” coated in the same pop-punk sound that established Nerf Herder as a formidable “geek rock” presence in the mid-’90s, blazes through three minutes of driving guitar, vigorous drums, and earnest vocals. The essence of the song, though, is the myriad lyrical references to nerd culture.
“All week I’ve been slaving at work / Now I’m gonna dress up like a Captain Kirk,” sings guitarist and singer, Parry Gripp. In the video, the lyrics are plastered onto the screen in comic book fonts amidst animated drawings of the band and the other referenced subjects. “Stan Lee and a Spiderman / Are gonna play some Settlers of Catan.”
Gripp goes on to reference Harry Potter, Dr. Who, Game of Thrones, Star Trek, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Pokémon, LARPing, and virtually every other nerd realm you can possibly imagine–even “FILKING.”
“We learned the word ‘FILK’ and the art of ‘FILKING’ when we played at Dragon*Con in Atlanta,” said Sherlock in a statement. “You’ll just have to Google it and find out for yourself. It’s not dirty…we promise.”
“At the Con” will appear on the band’s upcoming record Rockingham–out March 11. This one’s for all you scruffy-looking nerf herders out there. Check out the video and let us know what you think in the comments.