Upset The Rhythm presents…
Monday 25 March
The Shacklewell Arms, 71 Shacklewell Lane, Dalston, E8 2EB
8pm | £7 | http://wegottickets.com/event/455576
DAVID NANCE is nothing if not prolific. Over the course of the past six years, the Omaha, NE musician has released three full-length albums for labels Grapefruit and Ba Da Bing, a 7-inch, numerous cassettes, CDRs and unlicensed “cover albums” of artists like Lou Reed, The Beatles, Rolling Stones and Doug Sahm. His latest full-length is credited to the ‘David Nance Group’ and features Nance alongside his recent hot live band of fellow Omaha musicians; guitarist Jim Schroeder, bassist Tom May and drummer Kevin Donahue. Appropriately, the new album is called ‘Peaced and Slightly Pulverized’ as the sounds therein are alternatingly tender & brusque. Nance has an enviable way of conveying intensity and pathos in his music without necessarily resorting to clicking on a distortion pedal, instead relying on the build-up and tension from the interplay of his bandmates with his cracked, impassioned wail. There’s also plenty of fuzz and distortion too, from the anthemic ‘Poison’ with its fuzzed-out guitar riff that leans into a Crazy-Horsian guitar maelstrom and white-hot solo, to ‘Ham Sandwich’; a blisteringly frantic rant about a lunchtime torment – uncomfortable in its directness. Respite comes with ‘110 Blues’s languid late-night desert psychedelia, and side one closes with the epic seven and a half minute ‘Amethyst’, expanded & jammed upon from 2017’s Richie Records single into an emotional odyssey with Nance & Schroeder strangling their guitars into a twin-guitar, barbed-wire duel. The album’s centerpiece is ‘In Her Kingdom’, an emotive ballad that fades into view with a plaintive guitar strum, and over seven minutes ebbs and flows with a rising tide of swelling guitars, it’s riffs gilding the melody & adding flecks of gold to Nance’s tale of poverty and grace. Alternately, ‘When I Saw You Last Night’ stalks the night like a predator, finally finding its prey two and a half minutes in with a stinging, blood-drenched guitar solo. The album closes with ‘Prophet’s Prot’s biting commentary on false idolatry that again utilises the group’s not-so-secret weaponry of Nance and Schroeder’s six-string simpatico to bring the listener home. ‘Peaced and Slightly Pulversized’ is out now on Trouble In Mind.