Album Review: Black Nash – Pleasure EP

New York has more than enough bands.  New York does not have enough bands. These are the two extremes I often find myself facing when spending so many nights seeing live music out in the city.  With so many shows to go to and so little time to do it, I often regret missing certain events and losing out on opportunities. The only thing that is my saving grace in these situations is that fact that every once in a while I’ll stumble across a great band.

Black Nash is the latest band I’ve found that truly seems like they have a presence. Their songs are certainly out there, but they’re also immediately memorable.  The group hasn’t been around for too long, but their debut EP is fantastic if you have open ears. First track “Guttermouth” will have the phrase ‘My mother says she’s just a trick…’ running through your head for days, or at least until you hear the chorus of “Cold Dark Night.”  Yet while sounding something like Television on those first tracks, the band goes into a New York 70’s rock meets Pavement sort of vibe for third song “I Get High.”

The last song, “Lone,” pulls a dynamic switch and finds the band in pure Fleet Foxes mode.  It actually is a perfect representation of how Robin Pecknold would sound fronting Akron/Family, and is a nice showcase of Peter Sierks’ vocal talent.  There is no doubt in my mind that this band will have a following faster than you can say ‘black nash black nash,’ and you don’t even want to get me started on their live show…

“Pleasure” by Black Nash

For more information on Black Nash check out their Bandcamp website, MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter pages.

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