Nikko

Nikko

 Brisbane, Queensland, AUS
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"Hovering between melancholic barroom balladry and thunderous post-rock, Nikko inhabit a niche in the Brisbane music scene all of their own, a Gothic Western sound that lays the atmospherics on thick and never lets the tension slip. A force to be reckoned with." Brendan Telford, Time Off Magazine

Biography

Currently based in Brisbane, Nikko was founded in 2005 by Ryan Potter (vocals, guitar and 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, with Brisbane's RAVE Magazine giving 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, Mess+Noise and The Canberra Times, 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 of last year. The release received 4 and 1/2 stars in Time Off Magazine with reviewer Scott Thompson describing 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, due for release sometime in the new year. These two tracks demonstrate a stylistic change in direction that showcases frontman Ryan Potter’s skills as a songwriter and lyricist, along with the band’s collective ability to craft these skills into distinctive and compelling arrangements. The double A-side single received Single of the Week in Time Off upon its release, and is currently available for pre-order as a limited edition 7” vinyl from http://nikko.bandcamp.com/

Having just returned from a lightning tour of the east coast followed by a slot supporting ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead at The Hi-Fi, Nikko will play a handful of hometown shows before embarking on a national tour that will encompass dates in Brisbane, Perth and Sydney, concluding with a December residency at the Old Bar that will mark the band’s relocation to Melbourne.

Website: http://nikkoband.blogspot.com/
Music & Downloads: http://nikko.bandcamp.com/
Email: nikkomusic@hotmail.com

Lyrics

Wedding Song

Written By: Ryan Potter (Nikko)

We swore to love each other

And sang underneath the stars

When I could not find the words to say to you

All night I’d play you my guitar

.. ..

And now I am at your wedding

Your husband to be was my friend

He asked me to play while you danced and drank

You vowed to love until the end

.. ..

Bound to one another

Until death wills you apart

I cannot find a word to say to you

All night I play you my guitar

The Miner

Written By: Ryan Potter (Nikko)

When I started digging for riches
It was just what I knew best
With the dark my eyes continue to adjust
My body takes no rest
.. ..
I climbed down without a ladder
I dug deep with no rope
Rumours of hidden treasures
Golden glimmers of hope
.. ..
This hole was to make me rich
Now I fear its becoming my tomb

I miss you I miss you I miss you
On beaches where the sun shone bright
I miss you I miss you I miss you
Oh I could see the stars at night
.. ..
If this shaft were to ever collapse
I want you to know
You were my dearest treasure
Never forgotten, never sold
.. ..
You know I could have loved you
You know I could have stayed
You know a miner will keep digging
And I dug myself into a grave

Smoke Alarms

Written By: Ryan Potter (Nikko)

Smoke alarms and crystal charms
Tarot cards and reading palms
I believe it all
Accept your past and learn your stars
Free your mind and find your path
I believe it all

I haven’t felt it so strong since I was a child
I haven’t felt so helpless for a while
I think that I am ready to be taken away
Take me away
I hope that I am ready to be taken away
Take me away

The universe and Mother Earth
The cycle of rebirth
I believe it all
Jesus Christ restoring sight
Venus draws you to the light
I believe it all

About the Spirit

Written By: Ryan Potter (Nikko)

Anything you’ve got to say I want to hear it
Anything you have to say I’ve got to hear it
Anything you’re going to be I want to be near it
Anywhere you’re going to be I’ve got to be near it

Anything you want to show me I want to see it
Anything you have to show me I’ve got to see it
Anything you’ve got to feel I‘ve got to feel it
Anything you have to feel I have to feel it

Give me your history and I will read it
Give me your hand and I will need it
Tell me your dream and tell me I’m in it
I want to see your future and see me in it

Everything that was before I want to forget it
Everything I was before I’ve got to forget it
Anything you teach me I will learn it
I’m true to honesty but you won’t need it

Tell me anything and I will believe it
Tell me anything and I will believe it
I’m starting to understand about the spirit
I am learning just by being near your spirit

When you go to the fair I hope I hear all about it
Things I never would have thought I am starting to believe it
I’m beginning to understand about the spirit
I am learning just by being near your spirit

Anything you have to show me I want to see it
Anything you’ve got to feel I want to feel it

Never Danced

Written By: Ryan Potter

I never danced, I never felt like dancing.

Dancers can keep to themselves,
While the standers
Stand and watch the hell.
Dancers don't wanna think,
And the others just like a drink.

I never danced, I never felt like dancing.
I never danced, I never felt like dancing.

Girls would hold my hand,
But I could hardly stand
To move my feet.
I would just find myself a seat.

Oh girls would look into my eyes,
I would just walk outside.
Until I met you babe,
It started to feel alright.

I never danced, I never felt like dancing.
I never danced, I never felt like dancing
Until I met you.

I never danced, I never felt like dancing
Until I met you.

Discography

About the Spirit/Smoke Alarms (July, 2011)
- Double A-side single independently released on 7" vinyl.
Available in hardcopy and digital-versions @ http://nikko.bandcamp.com/album/about-the-spirit-smoke-alarms

Live at The Tote EP (2010)
- Independently released.
Available in hardcopy and digital-versions @ http://nikko.bandcamp.com/

The Warm Side (debut album) (2010)
- Released on Tenzenmen, distributed by FUSE.
Available in hardcopy and digital-versions @ http://nikko.bandcamp.com/, or in hard-copy in stores around Australia.

Fists EP (2008)
- Self Released
Available on iTunes