by Dan Goldin (@post_trash_)
Maine’s Nice Life are getting ready to release Lunch In Le Mans next month, their second EP so far this year and first for New Hampshire’s Dollhouse Lightning Records. The band play an eclectic mix of jangly math rock and tangled emo (think Appleseed Cast) with touches of spaced out post-rock for extra flavor. It’s jazzy and often technical, but it strays from anything overtly “twinkly,” instead using their knotted structures to veer closer toward progressive pop. Lead single “Afternoon in Restigné” plays more on dynamics than it does time signatures, seesawing between sections, bursting from one jagged moment to the next. The band dig a little deeper each time, pulling an ever snaking groove around sharp corners, building toward a chaotic release that nearly keeps its cool.
Speaking about the song, the band shared:
"‘Afternoon in Restigné’ came about from a guitar part that Cory McWilliams (guitar/vocals) came up with while he was visiting Restigné in France. The song really captures the wild, frenetic jazz-punk style that we've come to adopt. And it's also just a fun fucking song."
Nice Life’s Lunch In Le Mans is out October 12th via Dollhouse Lightning.