|Musik M:Soundtrack & Puschen present: David Nance (US/Simon Joyner band) + TBA|
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David Nance's "River With No Color" is sinewy and lean. It sneaks like a jittery stray around a convenience store dumpster, as murky rhythms build over six-minutes of low rumble, jagged distortion and Nance's fatigued vocals that reference garbage and piles of cash.
"Have you ever watched an empty bag of Doritos float down a body of water and know that your existence is the problem even though it isn't your bag of Doritos?" Nance explains over Skype from his home in Omaha, Nebraska. "Well add a Crazy Horse rhythm and you get "River With No Color.'"
The man is correct. Besides questioning self worth over heavy guitar riffs, his latest album Do the Boogie—a follow up to last year's excellent More Than Enough—contains swaggering boogie rock that's been likened to Canned Heat, damaged noise in the vein of Cleveland's Pere Ubu and more fragile pieces that's been likened to the New Zealand pop of David Kilgour and Peter Jefferies.
Nance was born and raised in Grand Island, a small town two hours west of Omaha, but it was Omaha, with its cheap rent and supportive music scene, where he established a name playing in small bars and house shows alongside Simon Joyner, The Prairies, and Brimstone Howl and over 15 years he's earned a reputation as an instinctive and creative performer and songwriter. A brief period living in Los Angeles was spent recording More Than Enough before he scrapped it and returned to Omaha with his wife to rerecord the album.
The album was his first full-band full-length, and followed the brilliant but under-heard 2013 Actor's Diary LP, as well as a string of limited-edition, intense and emotionally destructive cassette releases.
For the Negative Boogie sessions Nance upgraded from his usual Tascam 4-track to spend three days in ARC (Another Recording Company), a studio close to home and one that worked within his budget. "We got a great deal. If we paid for studio time, engineer Ben Brodin offered to record for free. We were getting a pretty good rate and the label put up some money. I don't have much money to put into stuff like this".
"I guess we were just trying to get it to sound like drugs."
Recording with Kevin Donahue and Tom May, Nance recorded fifteen songs with live bass, drums and vocals to add to the 'crammed down in the basement feel'. At the time he was obsessed with Grand Funk Railway's 1974 version of "The Loco-Motion" and Todd Rundgren's "coked-out production." "I guess we were just trying to get it to sound like drugs," he tells me.
Perhaps to balance this 'studio time', Nance and Simon Joyner have also recorded an at-home re-creation of the Rolling Stones' 1973 album Goats Head Soup. "It's a stupid album. There are a lot of dumb songs on it," laughs Nance. "When we went to record it we discovered that the lyrics and some of the arrangements were horrible so we just made up our own. But I like self indulgent and bloated rock 'n' roll."
Nance has also has an interest in lo- fi rock, in particular some of the lesser known acts on New Zealand labels Flying Nun and Xpressway.
In Los Angeles Nance got to play with Flying Nun band the Renderers and he and Joyner will play with prolific New Zealand musician Bill Direen on an upcoming record that Joyner is releasing on his label. "One of the things that I love about New Zealand music is that it's made for the community and at times it seems totally removed from the world."https://soundcloud.com/badabingrecords