Photo: Russel Daniels
The Nods are a force to be reckoned with. Their membership boasts veterans of Salt Lake’s diverse music scene—Joey Mayes, Zach “Rocky” Maldonado, Travis Michael and Sean Michael Vincent—whose combined and individual appreciation for music is nothing short of incredible. The band formed in 2013 when Mayes and Maldonado started to hang out and jam after work. “[Mayes] said that he was working on a project called The Nods, and I thought that name was really funny,” says Maldonado. “But he was saying he was doing this band, so I jokingly asked, ‘Let me play tambourine with you guys,’ and he was like, ‘You should just fucking sing.’” After going to Mayes’ house with expectations set low, Maldonado was pleasantly surprised to hear a sound that reminded him of 45 Grave. Mayes recruited Michael to play bass, and after going through several drummers—including Samp Ravens/Brain Bagz’s Mikey Blackhurst—Vincent joined the band in November 2014. “I saw The Nods several times,” he says. “They were always underdogs—not very noticed. I liked it. It was mainly my interest in the band that got me into it.” Once Sean joined the band, Maldonado says, “That was the nail in the coffin.”
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In This Mess
Fat Wreck Chords
ToyGuitar = The Strokes + The Killers
ToyGuitar features One Man Army veterans Jack Dalrymple and Brandon Pollack and Miles Peck of Swingin’ Utters fame. So pay attention and let’s kick-start this review by licking your finger wet in the most provocative of ways, then slide it into an electrical socket for some full-on, charged garage–punk rock n’ roll action…
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King Tuff rocked Kilby Court with Rich Girls and Breakers. Photo: Dan Monick
My journey to Kilby Court, from the heart of downtown SLC, is inspired by a certain persistence in the face of the bone-chilling cold. This trip is done on foot as some right bleeding bastard decided to remove the wheels off of my bike sometime prior to tonight’s gig. So, in the spirt of rock n’ roll and with the assistance of a glistening chalice of Dead Horse Ale, I make my pilgrimage to tonight’s holy site in search of deafening salvation. Arriving somewhat early, I find myself killing time with Breakers in a corner of the Kilby Court grounds. Apparently, it’s been a bit since they’ve practiced, but I am not too concerned about it since theirs is a raw nature and it always delivers…..
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Nix Beat playing his DJ set at the beginning of the night. Photos: www.mikeybaratta.com”The night was supplimented by Nix Beat, who provided a star-studded, glam rock DJ set before, during and after sets.”
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