Because Songs Matter


For a band that, for the most part, had nothing more than a free album and an EP out, I’ve jumped on these guys’ bandwagon, moved to the front row and bought the fucking t-shirt. I’ve called them your new favorite band, one of the brightest up and coming spots in this genre, and even insinuated that Two Cow might wanna watch their back when it comes to these kids. High praise, no doubt but about 3 months ago, when I got my copy of Simple Machines I immediately knew that the rain of praise from the 9b camp wasn’t only high, it was wholly accurate.

For months I’ve been chomping at the bit to tell y’all about this album and how incredibly awesome it is and now that it’s out….I’m at a loss. What do I say that I haven’t already repeated ad nauseum on twitter and facebook? I mean, how many times can I say that if you’re a fan of Two Cow Garage you absolutely have to get this cd?

That raw edge that Dance To Forget and Truckstop Roses (both are available for free here and here) had has definitely been dialed down a little with Simple Machines, but that’s more a result of studio production than a softening band. Everything else about Simple Machines is spot-fucking-on. Including the incredibly well timed cameos of other 9b faves such as Two Cow’s Micah, Drag The River’s Snodgrass and Lizzie Huffman’s Lizzie.

So that’s it. I ain’t got nothing else to say. If you like that punky, rocky, Southerny rock and roll thing, then meet Arliss Nancy, they’re one of your new favorite bands. Simple Machines is an album I’ll talk about again come year end lists. Simple Machines is an album I’ll still be listening to a year from now. Simple Machines is Essential Listening.

And right now, you can get 2 copies of the album and an immediate digital download for 10 bucks.

Arliss Nancy - Failure     

Arliss Nancy - The Crease     

Arliss Nancy - Front Seat     

Arliss Nancy on Facebook, Arliss Nancy on Spotify, Buy Simple Machines


  1. March 27, 2012    

    Album. Of. The. Year.

  2. March 27, 2012    

    Thanks as always for your support buddy. The new album is so damned good. I encourage everyone to visit suburban home records dot com and picking up copies. For a short time, you can get the album on CD buy one get one free – 2 copies on CD and an automatic download for $9.99.

  3. March 27, 2012    

    “What do I say that I haven’t already repeated ad nauseum on twitter and facebook?”

    Hmmm. Your Two Cow CDs are lonely. Buy this album so they can have a friend?

    The world will descend into a zombie apocalyptic nightmare if you don’t buy Simple Machines?

    Simple Machines will be on everyone’s best off list at the end of the year. Get yours now so you can enjoy bragging rights?

    You can only listen to Otis Gibbs or Jake Smith for so long before you feel the need to cry. Simple Machines will save you from the cry-fest?


  4. Graham Mercer Graham Mercer
    March 27, 2012    

    “Champing at the bit vs. chomping at the bit:

    One definition of bit is a metal mouthpiece used for controlling a horse, and one definition of champ is to bite or chew noisily. These are the senses meant in the idiom champing at the bit, which refers to the tendency of some horses to chew on the bit when impatient or eager. In its figurative sense, it means to show impatience while delayed, or just to be eager to start.

    The idiom is usually written chomping at the bit, and some people consider this spelling wrong. But chomp can also mean to bite or chew noisily (though chomped things are often eaten, while champed things are not), so chomp at the bit means roughly the same as champ at the bit.

    In fact, chomp, which began as a variant of champ, is alive in English while the biting-related sense of champ is dead outside this idiom, so it’s no wonder that chomping at the bit is about 20 times as common as champing at the bit on the web. Champing at the bit can sound funny to people who aren’t familiar with the idiom or the obsolete sense of champ, while most English speakers can infer the meaning of chomping at the bit.

    Still, if you’re writing for school or for readers who are versed in English, champing at the bit is probably the safer choice.”

    • March 28, 2012    

      Since this is a music blog and not an english class, what do you think of the cd?

      • Graham Mercer Graham Mercer
        March 28, 2012    

        It’s really good. Duh. Anybody can be good when every song they put out is “I Can Get Us Out of Here Tonight.”

        • Katie MacKnight Katie MacKnight
          April 23, 2012    


  5. March 27, 2012    

    I agree that the higher production values definitely help the band here. I like Arliss Nancy’s other two releases but I’ve always felt it’s lacking something. Whatever it is, it’s not lacking here.

    Now I have to choose between buying it and paying for teacher certification stuff. Thanks a lot.

  6. willy willy
    March 28, 2012    

    awesome record, definitely will be on end of year list. Two Cow Garage/Arliss Nancy Tour, would be INCREDIBLE.

    • March 28, 2012    

      I would drive so far for that…

  7. March 28, 2012    

    love this one
    Hmmm. Your Two Cow CDs are lonely. Buy this album so they can have a friend?

  8. March 28, 2012    

    i loooove arliss nancy. i was super afraid that i was getting too excited about this album and that i’d over-hyped it in my head. the actuality is that it’s every bit as good as i wanted it to be.
    fingers crossed that they get a show in San Francisco in a couple of weeks!!!!

  9. Mark Mark
    March 29, 2012    

    I been listening to this constantly since yesterday. I was really anxious to hear this album and was not disappointed its damn good although Paul Revere is still my favorite song. I really want to see these guys on tour.

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