Allston’s Black Lodge is an underground haven for punks and misfits—its walls slathered in bumper stickers and indecipherable sharpie skribbles, its floors littered with the PBRs of weekends past, and its soundtrack provided by two neighborhood legends: Nice Guys and Black Beach.
The two bands have teamed up for a split 7″, trading blows for a 9-minute psych punk onslaught sizzling up from the basements of Boston. The record was mastered in-house by Black Beach bassist Ben Semeta, boiling down a typical Friday night at Black Lodge to its purest form and encompassing its sound in full stereo.
Nice Guys is the quartet of Alex Aronson (Guitar/Vocals), Matt Garlick (Guitar), Jake Gilbertson (Bass/Vocals), and Pete Bayko (Drums), has had a prolific five years, putting out several releases including similar splits with bands like Free Pizza, Miami Doritos, and The Fagettes. Their portion of the record was produced by fellow Bostonian Ian Doerr (Creaturos, Mini Dresses) at Love Magnet Studios in Roxbury, MA. With a sound that combines frantic lead vocal shrieks with buzzy riffs slow-cooked in a potion of sweat and bong resin, Nice Guys has electrified stages shared with the likes of Fidlar, Jeff the Brotherhood, and Nobunny. It’s when they split a bill with the same band they’re splitting this record with that things really become a blur.
Take a listen to Nice Guys’ new single, Grodela via Soundcloud below.
Nice Guys tour dates
Boston, MA. 6/15
Philadelphia, PA. 6/16
Brooklyn, NY 6/17
Pawtucket, RI 6/18