Gerry Paul Nestler
US Los Angeles – Alternative Pop / Ambient Improvisation / Soft Rock / Singer/Songwriter / Piano
Gerry Paul Nestler


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Blood Orange
Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder Look Past The Stars/ The Seasons Best EP 2005
Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder Civil Defiance/ Abstract Reaction EP 1991
Skate or Die
Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder Super Rider/ Everything So Right Album 2003
GSM/ Nuclear Blast
Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder Civil Defiance/ Circus Of Fear Album 1999
G7 Records
Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder Kkleq Muzzil/ M Album 2002
Dream Circle
Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder Civil Defiance/ The Fishers for Souls Album 1996
Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder PHILM/ Symptom of the Universe Single 2010
Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder PHILM/ Harmonic Album 2012
Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder PHILM/ Fire From The Evening Sun Album 2014
The Wild Red Mother Records
Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder Mama's Child Album 2018
No Agency
Six to Midnight Entertainment
Izabela Varson
Whirring Jar ASCAP
Gerry Nestler
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First coming to prominence with Southern California prog avantgarde thrashers CIVIL DEFIANCE, who cultivated a strong cult following in Europe with a pair of critically acclaimed releases in the 1990s, followed by albums with KKLEQ MUZZIL, SUPER RIDER and PHILM, featuring former SLAYER drummer, Dave Lombardo, vocalist/multi-instrumentalist GERRY PAUL NESTLER has long been one of the most unique and daring musicians in progressive circles.

Dialing down the loud in favor of a more introspective, acoustic based approach, “Mama’s Child” marks the latest addition to Nestler’s eclectic body of work. “When I went into the studio to start work on the album in the spring of 2016, I was interested in recording an album for the songs I had been writing on the piano”, reveals Nestler. “The songs reflected the sounds I was hearing from playing and listening to recordings of the early 1900's, some popular, others more obscure, on through the late 1960's and into the early 70's.”

Assembling the album over the course of several months in Los Angeles and New York, Nestler recruited a formidable supporting cast of players, including bassist Pancho Tomaselli (PHILM, WAR), drummer Max MacVeety, and long-time MIKE KENEALLY affiliate, saxophonist/flutist Evan Francis, aided by engineer/producer Chris Sorem at NEST Recorders in East L.A. where most of tracking was done.

“I had met Max (MacVeety) at a PHILM show in L.A. I asked him if he would be interested in playing drums on an album I was putting together. He was intrigued when I mentioned that the music I was working on had me on the piano instead of the electric guitar and how I had been influenced by Roberta Flack's work with drummer Ray Lucas. Max recommended a studio in East L.A., NEST Recorders, which turned out to be the perfect place as it had a 1910 Steinway piano and an echo chamber. We laid down the initial tracks with Chris (Sorem). Not long after that I left for New York where Evan (Francis) tracked in the woodwinds at Figure 8 Studios in Brooklyn with Michael Coleman at the helm. There was also a short visit to Springfield, Massachusetts where Jim Messbauer added some trombone to the tracks. A few months later it was back to LA to finish up and mix.”

Steeped in ever changing shades of jazz and blues, and conjuring vibes skin to Tom Waits and The Beatles’ more experimental moments, “Mama’s Child” is the type of bold musical curveball most artists dare not throw. “I never looked at "Mama's Child" as being a gamble though, just stretching my head, I guess”, reflects Nestler. “I don’t know if this will be the last of its kind for me or the first of more to come. Above all, I'm grateful to have the opportunity to bring forth something, understanding that overvaluation and undervaluation are inevitable results in the business of art. The creative urge continues not to feel the bliss of generation, but a higher ordinance under a compulsion to ceaselessly work. Part of that work for me is to learn to change and grow, but more importantly, the ability to create something that pays homage to those hidden areas of the mind that carry beauty and light.”

“Mama’s Child” was released September 12, 2018 on The Wild Red Mother Records on vinyl and as a digital download and is available for purchase at

'Mama’s Child' track listing:
01. Koko My Love
02. Rain On The Window
03. Soul True
04. Genevieve
05. Mercy
06. Little Marie
07. Melinda
08. Glass Bottom Boat
09. Mama’s Child
10. Dorma