Nice Cars is a band comprised of Ben Zimmerman (leads: guitar/vocals) and Dave Chekan (rhythms: drums/bass). The duo was drinking beers in their basement while playing covers of the Hold Steady, the Cars, and Tom Petty. Along the way they decided to start playing their own songs which still pretty much sounds like songs from Hold Steady, The Cars and Tom Petty. This seems to be a very hard transition to make for bands and I understand why.
Their recent fourteen-song album Sundays is obviously completely DIY as production value is about on par of that with a demo bands will throw around to get live shows. I’m not going to get into the laundry list of production issues that need to be addressed but let’s just say there are a number of things to be desired.
Nice Cars has their work out for them if they want to compete with formidable indie rock acts but they occasionally show pockets of potential on Sundays. At this point their best moments are the loose, drunken driven punk rock moments. The songs are mostly made up of power chords and straightforward drum beats and some songs pull it off while others fall by the wayside.
Songs like “Punchtop,” “Creaks” and “Latency” are raw visceral songs, which is all about the attitude. What the band lacks in technical skills is made up with in delivery. Other songs like “Rhythms” can’t handle the sub par production, which unfortunately bypasses the potential the song had.
I think the band got in a little over their head with releasing a fourteen-song album in less than a year from when they formed. The band has potential so the advice I would give here is that they continue to iron out their own style and release a smaller EP next time around with their best songs.
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