David Nance lives in a world where rock has been influenced as much by This Kind of Punishment and The Pin Group as by The Velvet Underground and The Rolling Stones. Omaha’s best-kept secret, up to now known primarily to DIY tape collectors and record club subscribers, Nance welcomes all with "More Than Enough," his first full-band full-length, which follows the stellar but criminally under-heard 2013 "Actor’s Diary" LP on Grapefruit Records, as well as a string of limited-edition, over-modulatingly intense and emotionally destructive cassette releases. Recorded in Los Angeles, scrapped, then re-recorded after a move back to his Omaha hometown with his wife, "More Than Enough" sounds like the very last record to have undergone any process longer than a few hours of recording. It’s that immediate and on fire. The recipe: (a) get a shit-hot group of musicians; (b) cut songs down to their most “on” moments, or alternately let them ride a groove into the sun; (c) capture it all on actual tape. That’s the Nance approach, and it’s as much an ode to home-recorded brilliance as it is to whoop-ass inspiring rock. Nance will be touring this summer with Itasca, and later on with Simon Joyner and The Renderers. Blare on.
Headroom is a New Haven psych and experimental outfit led by Kryssi Battalene. Battalene has spent years honing her craft. Her early solo project Colorguard is revered in the noise underground, releasing on esteemed labels like Fag Tapes, Alien Passengers, Gilgongo and her own, Elm Recordings. Over the past several years she has developed her guitar playing style with New Haven psych rock powerhouse Mountain Movers, as well as playing in the live line-up of Medication and Stefan Christensen and Friends. With Headroom Battalene is seen taking the reins, providing the parameters for each improvisation. Her guitar playing is indebted to the likes of Keiji Haino, Takashi Mizutani, and Jojo Hiroshige. She is joined by a rotating cast of New Haven scene stalwarts including Rick Omonte and Ross Menze also of Mountain Movers, Stefan Christensen, Dave Shapiro (AKA Alexander), John Vanduzee of Medication, Aaron Snow of Landing and more. What comes out is a noise band with a tendency to rock, and not the other way around.