Forgive me for my lack of posts. I’d like to say I have a good reason, but it’s really just one of those times where life gets in the way. On the plus, I’ve been listening to a plethora of new music that gives me that warm fuzzy feeling inside. Considering it’s got to the point in the year where it’s a good day to reach the freezing point, I’m going to need them.
Arliss Nancy is a beast of a band that deserves more attention than they get. I recently saw them at an art space in Gainesville, Florida called The Wooly. It was only half full due to majority of people waiting for the later bands to go on. Everyone inside huddled around the stage witnessed an intimate show that rivaled anything else I saw over the four days I was there.
Arliss Nancy play a brand of no frills alt-country/rock that speaks to the everyman. I like to try and use analogies to try and describe bands. Sometimes because it’s fun, and sometimes it’s the only way to try and describe how a band sounds without playing a song to someone. Singer Cory Call sounds like a perfect blend of Bruce Springsteen and Johnny Cash. That sounds like a larger than life combination, but his voice is truly something special. The way The Boss and The Man in Black were great story tellers and had their own way of captivating an audience, Arliss Nancy are doing their part to keep honest music alive.
They have been putting out solid albums for years, slowly gaining a fan base across the country. Their latest album, “Wild American Runners” is a contender for album of the year, and I think their best album overall. They’ve finally combined all of their best elements. They can rock with the best of them, but they can slow it down with a ballad that will break your heart.
The opener, “Benjamin”, is a perfect introduction to the band. It’s a mid tempo song about how to deal with someone you love walking out on your life. You really believe Cory has gone through the situation, and hear the suffering. It’s songs like this that you have to thank a band for sharing their pain. The entire album follows a similar theme of lost love, unrequited love, and the path to finding a way to love yourself.
It’s the honesty you can hear in the music that makes me love this band. I write about them today hoping you find something to love about them. If you live up north like I do, you know you’ll do some crazy things to stay warm. Hold onto what you love (whatever or whoever that may be), that’s what keeps me going day to day.
Here’s a video of them playing live at the show I was at with bass player Kyle Oppold taking on lead vocals. Forgive the quality. It’s difficult to find much on this band online. Just buy the albums. This band deserves your money.