Of all the things I’ve heard in recent times, Peaced and Slightly Pulverized may be the most American. David Nance (from David Nance Band-fame) is a guy from Omaha who makes rock songs with mildly-country harmonics, whaling guitar solos and titles like Ham Sandwich. Recommended if you like America or have trouble choosing from lunch menus.
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Who wants a bunch of jaunty, overtly American shouting? Do I ever have the rec for you: it’s ‘Peaced and Slightly Pulverized’, and let me tell you that the album title is aggressively appropriate. With a bit of punkish twang, blown out hard rock and psychedelic downtime, the David Nance Group create a kind of freak out that’s subconsciously homeward bound. This thing reeks of American weird.
With the heat and heavy of his band’s first two tracks, which match their wayward psychedelic meanderings with a heavy, overblown rock approach, they begin to render time an illusion, shattering the normal flow of it so that “110 Blues” becomes a blur of elapsed vocal slurs and knotted guitar riffs. Everything feels like it’s echoing back on itself or struggling to get its story straight, giving us a laid back trip to fall right into. On “Amethyst”, David plus band borrow the idioms of Songs: Ohia, using the crunch of distorted guitars against flatlining drum-beats to create a slow and stoney Americana that never finds its way back from the trail. These moments are obviously the best -- they sound their heaviest when at their most lost.
David Nance has been chipping away at this particular corner of psych-tinged traditional for a few good years, but it still sound fresh, like these songs are rising out of the morning, ready for the day. At times his group go for a go-nowhere weightiness matched by heroic bands like Kikagaku Moyo; at others they make lamenting heartbreakers, not quite collecting their thoughts but at least expressing them. On “In Her Kingdom” they do both, and it's very nice indeed.
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