Shop Local:: Scott Nicks Band

My initial introduction to Slowly, the new LP from Truro ex-pats Scott Nicks Band, was a bit of a letdown. Not because of the sound or skill, but because I couldn’t ignore the familiar strums, fret board squeaks and vocal delivery of “Men on Motorcycles.” If you don’t hear Elliott Smith, you simply aren’t listening.


Obviously, there’s nothing wrong with paying tribute to an influence, but when it comes to the tortured genius of the Nebraskan icon, leveraging the pain that ultimately resulted in his death, just seems wrong. Thankfully for all parties, Scott Nicks uses the remaining ten song to showcase his own unique style.


Fearless is more a collection of enjoyable moments than a cohesive statement, but the band pulls it off nicely. The guitar work and outro of “Your Weakness Existant” plays like a DIY take on “Tuesday’s Gone” and could easily soundtrack the drunken haze of first light, but the band is just as happy to wade through the sludge (“Super 8″), crush a huge riff (“In the Garden”) or change gears completely with a swanky horn laced, bossanova affair (“Scarlet Song”).


If asked, I’d say ambition is the band’s biggest strength. Few bands exist in such a free form state and even fewer are able to control that constant evolution. Scott Nicks Band seems driven by that uncertainty. Considering where the record starts, I wouldn’t have expected the folksy vibe they nail on “Dear Bethany” or that every style would come together like it does on the standout track, “Ribcage City Smoke.” Really, Slowly proves Scott Nicks Band is fearless, and even with a few stumbles the 11-song LP shows they are ready to make a big splash on the local scene.

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MP3:: Scott Nicks Band - Ribcage City Smoke



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3 Responses to “Shop Local:: Scott Nicks Band”

Crabjaw June 21st, 2011 at 1:26 pm

The album’s called Slowly, not Fearless.

ack June 21st, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Ha. Yes it is. For some reason my iTunes had it coded as Fearless.

Kayla Pitcher June 22nd, 2011 at 1:22 am

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