Cody Nicholls
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Cody Nicholls

Los Angeles, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2010 | AFM

Los Angeles, California, United States | AFM
Established on Jan, 2010
Solo Rock Indie




"Friday freebie: new music from a new artist. Meet Cody Nicholls. (2014)"

Photo Caption: "Cody Nicholls is a one man music machine."

Singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Cody Nicholls lives in Pasadena, CA and records in his home studio, handling pretty much all instruments, vocals and production himself. On his first DIY effort, 2011's appropriately titled "Solo," he even took his own cover photo. For the newly released "Spare Change," Nicholls accepted some help (a couple of additional guitars, backing vocals and dial-twiddling) but it's still mostly a one-man show, and a fine one at that.

This winning run of the bases touches on indie, alternative, southern and garage rock, with a genial lo-fi style that still exudes professionalism. The eight-song collection opens with "Saturday," a punkish rocker with dirty guitar breaks that would please a Joan Jett fan, while the title track has a slinky blues feel. Two cover tunes - Wilco's "I'm Always in Love" (with its spiffy synth run) and the Oasis track "Cigarettes & Alcohol" - display influences worth emulating, which Nicholls does with the appealing verve of those damn young prodigies who seem to know how to do it all.

You don't even have to take my word for it. Both albums are available for free streaming - and downloading! - from soundcloud (Reverbnation has "Spare Change" alone). In the first 10 days since its release, the new album has already exceeded the total plays that Nicholls' debut garnered in three years online. Add to the numbers and check it out.

-Marianne Meyer - Marianne Meyer,



Cody Nicholls is a Multi-Instrumentalist and songwriter from Los Angeles, CA. He has released 5 solo albums since 2011 in which he performs all instruments and vocals. Cody performs live around Southern California with his band, Cody & The Civilians.

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