the nancies

the nancies

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The Nancies exist to corrode mediocre popular culture from within, with annoyingly catchy tunes and searing, crunchy rock music. Think dirty rock meets cheesy pop shock.

Biography

Tom is the principle song writer for The Nancies. He was a miserable teenager in the UK who listened to too much gothic music, shoe-gazing art student indie bands and trans-atlantic alternative superfuzzbigmuff rock. Tom always wanted to be different and unique, but always wants to be popular; so he embarked on a musical exploration that would combine the texture and extremity of alternative music with the annoyingly catchy hooks and snappy structures of pure pop.

He has been in no rush, and biding his time soaking up the passing popular trends and fashions over the years has created a solid base of songwriting that is based on his own evil synthesis of alternative and mainstream.

Tom's voice is one of the strongest elements to his music, which naturally has a clean, full quality. He's been smoking bongs and drinking as much whisky as he can stomach without a pump, to try and dirty it up a bit more, but it resolutely remains the same. He's no growler, but his changes in tone and phrasing, combined with the dynamic melodies he uses create vocals that people take notice of and connect to.

After a year of solo acoustic performances at amateur nights and Sydney acoustic venues, Tom realised he really needed a band. He put the lineup together for The Nancies at the end of 2003, they recorded their debut EP "Feel The Love" and made a video clip for one of the songs on that recording by cavorting around in the middle of Victoria Road with two pom pom girls. They have been gigging for just over a year around Sydney, at the usual dives like the Hopetoun, Lansdowne and Annandale hotels, and a surprise (last minute panic booking) appearance at the Glebe Street Fair last year.

The band has just returned from an away trip to Brisbane, where they headlined at an outdoor festival which annually attracts twenty thousand or so people. They also played consecutive nights in a city club in the heart of Fortitude Valley. This is their first gig away from Sydney and marks a new period in The Nancies development. They've thrown away the training wheels are taking another step towards commercial viability. As such, The Nancies is currently going through a lineup change and equipment upgrade to provide a bigger, fatter sound.

You'll know The Nancies when they're playing because you'll hear two muscal styles flipping rapidly from one to the other - throbbing post-punk, grunge rock band and jingle jangle indie pop band. You'll be guaranteed to get at least one of Tom's acidic melodies bouncing around in your head for several hours afterwards.

They have been included on an AIR sampler going out in the next month to the music industry, they have recently performed and interviewed on a live studio community radio broadcast network, their video clip is currently playing on ABC TV Rage programme, and they enjoy continued support and airplay from Sydney Radio FBI. They're also looking to get distribution for their EP

Lyrics

Late News TV Reader

Written By: Tom Brogden

Bring me the late news tv reader
Put her in a box and once a day feed her
Tie her up with rope and hang above the fire
Poke her with a stick until she gets it right
Right

Oops a mistake she did it again
Looking like a drag queen at half past ten
Stumble through a link, next item and then
A little cough, shrug it off and smile

I can't stand the late news tv reader
If she's really that bad somebody should teach her
I'm sucked in by the din of her monotone blah blah blah
Feeling numb carry on because I'm feeling strangely calm
Calm

Oops a mistake she did it again
Someone get her off put her out of her pain
No such luck I cry in vain
Big hair, vacant stare, smiling fondly

Smiling fondly
Late news tv reader

I'm scared by the late news tv reader
Cos in ten years she hasn't gotten one day older
You can tell by the way that she talks she's not the same
Mesmerised by her eyes and she's whispering my name

Oops a mistake she did it again
Dolly bird wrong word don't understand
Brain seized up with a pen in her hand
Had enough get her off and get someone who can

Tv reader, tv reader

Maha and Ucha

Written By: Tom Brogden

Melt away
Into the river
That will deliver
You to me
Have no fear
Nothing can stop me
You won't leave without me
Not again

It's coming clear
The past and future here

A thousand years
Don't recognize me
She always spies me
From afar
Takes my hand
Leads me astray now
Up up and away now
Until it ends, and it ends

It's coming clear
The past and future here

Life after life I hold you
Life after life I lose you
Life after life I find you
You find me again

Maha and Ucha
Together in the river
Maha and Ucha
Will never be together

And can I hear
The river flowing
My dream is growing
Of what will be
I stake my claim
And burn your totem
Your spell is broken
Once again, again

It's coming clear
The past and future here

Life after life I curse you
Life after life I kiss you
Life after life I kill you
You kill me again

Maha and Ucha
Together in the river
Maha and Ucha
Will never be together

Somewhere Else But Here

Written By: Tom Brogden

Just behind my smile the paint is running thin
And if I lie I stand corrected
Just behind my eyes the light is growing dim
Blow out the candle

Just behind my time the nothingness comes in
It follows me into the church
I look around and find the congregation gone
Nobody home

Sentimental tales to tell by the water
It's always easier being someone else but me
Sentimental tales to tell by the river
It's always easier being somewhere else but here
Somewhere else but here

Just behind my mind there's nothing left of me
And the Sun is burning out of flames
And though we hide behind our best biology
The world is not what it seems

Sentimental tales to tell by the water
It's always easier being someone else but me
Sentimental tales to tell by the river
It's always easier being somewhere else but here
Somewhere else but here
Somewhere else but here

Discography

EP - "Feel The Love" a five track recording containing:

1 On Top Of Your Roof
2 Spank The Monkey
3 Hit The Road
4 Undertow
5 4WD

Set List

Set list for a standard 45 minute suport spot:

1 On Top Of Your Roof
2 Spank The Monkey
3 People Eat Garbage
4 Make No Mistake
5 Undertow
6 Evil America
7 Maha And Ucha
8 Nearly Over
9 4WD
10 Late News TV Reader (where's Sandra gone?)

Songs average between 3-5 minutes long; have enough material corrently rehearsed to play an hour and ten minutes