Monday, July 9, 2012

Nikko @ The Time Machine. July 7th 2012.

Nikko were the first to play in the late afternoon and put on a powerful, dark and brooding performance of gloomy post-rock with a western twang. Their rhythm section is so ridiculously tight which gives the two guitarists freedom to create the soundtrack for some kind of horror-western. Definitely a band to watch out for. Click on the pics for a larger view.

Nikko was founded in Brisbane in 2005 by schoolyard friends Ryan Potter (vocals, guitar & lyrics), Jackson Briggs (guitar), Sam Whiting (bass) and Blair Westbrook (drums).

Nikko’s debut album, The Warm Side (2010, Tenzenmen/FUSE) is a collection of nine songs written between 2007 and 2009. The Warm Side has received much critical acclaim since its 2010 release. Brisbane's RAVE magazine gave the album 4 and 1/2 stars, saying that "For a debut album, it is pretty much as close to perfect as you can get”. The Warm Side also received highly positive reviews in Time Off, Scene and Mess+Noise, and single 'Wedding Song' was named RAVE’s Single of the Week. Following the largely underground success of The Warm Side and subsequent Australian tours, the band released a live recording entitled Live at The Tote in December 2010. The release received 4 and 1/2 stars in Time Off; reviewer Scott Thompson described it as demonstrating “One of the most accomplished bands in the genre at the height of their power”.

Nikko’s latest release, a double A-side single entitled About the Spirit/Smoke Alarms, features two new tracks taken from the band’s upcoming sophomore album, Gold & Red. These two tracks demonstrate a stylistic change in direction that showcases Ryan Potter’s skills as a songwriter and lyricist, along with the band’s collective ability to craft these skills into distinctive, compelling arrangements. About the Spirit/Smoke Alarms received Single of the Week in Time Off upon its release and is currently available as a limited edition 7” vinyl from

The band are currently gearing up for the release of their second full-length album, Gold & Red, due for release on the 3rd of July through Tenzenmen and, and will support the album’s release with a national tour in September.

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