Nowhere Slow Has independently released three full-length records and they tour the Northeast throughout the year. The band's Web site www.nowhereslow.com streams numbers from the latest release, Stranger in the Alps, and provides links to purchase...
Nowhere Slow Has independently released three full-length records and they tour the Northeast throughout the year. The band's Web site www.nowhereslow.com streams numbers from the latest release, Stranger in the Alps, and provides links to purchase others. The MySpace page, www.myspace.com/nowhereslow, is also a great place to befriend the band, find music and look up tour dates.
Nowhere Slow is Anything But by email@example.com By Tim Kelly Overcast with smoke and buzzing with the promise of cheap liquor, Heil's Place's favorite sons, Nowhere Slow, supplied the soundtrack to inebriation Monday night in Scranton. In the same way the...
Nowhere Slow is Anything But by firstname.lastname@example.org By Tim Kelly Overcast with smoke and buzzing with the promise of cheap liquor, Heil's Place's favorite sons, Nowhere Slow, supplied the soundtrack to inebriation Monday night in Scranton.
In the same way the Allman Brothers take up residency at the Beacon Theater each year in March, Nowhere Slow has similarly been headlining Heil's - the latter with probably more consistency.
Heil's is not the easiest stage for a band to succeed. Let's begin with the fact that there are two large TVs behind the stage tuned to the Cartoon Network - and they never turn off. Family Guy and Robot Chicken were no competition for Rick Gillette and company, but still. It's sure more pleasant than, say, the chicken-wire-wrapped stage of the Double Deuce, but any drunken moron (guy air-guitaring the Heineken three inches from the lead singer's face - you know who you are) can walk right up to the band and recite the Gettysburg Address if he so chooses; and an opening overlooking the stage from the second floor is ripe with drunk patrons dropping their drinks.
That being said, Nowhere Slow plods on and rocks its wares without missing a beat. The band's versatility and rich capture of endless covers routinely keeps it in the working band end-zone. On Monday night the band kept swarms of sexy Scranton babies dancing and the rest of us grateful as the band mixed old with new and covers with originals.
Along the way, Nowhere Slow exposed a style all its own by teasing songs within songs and exploiting the medley, albeit in a somewhat uneven manner. Some medleys were brilliant and fun. Others were disjointed and thoughtless. Here's an example of the former: Introduce Weezer's "Beverly Hills", transition to Weezer's "Undone" and throttle back to "Beverly Hills." Crisp, tight, fun. An example of the latter: Introduce Jack Johnson's "Bubble Toes" (which they performed better than Jack Johnson), transition to Spin Doctors' "Little Miss Can't Be Wrong", to Steve Miller Band's "Take the Money and Run", to Sugar Ray's "Every Morning" to Sugar Ray's "Fly" to Johnny Cash and "Ring of Fire."
Who needs a drink?
The most thought provoking medley of the night came with the introduction of a new Nowhere Slow song, "That Same Old Love Song." On this number, Gillette's lyrics have a cough-drop-cool soothe and when he and lead axman John Canjar work together, their harmonies are top-shelf and their guitar work ... works.
This particular song was John Mayer Cheez Wiz, but back to the medley. From the Mayer mirror, Nowhere Slow strolled into a Guns 'N Roses number. "Sweet Child of Mine" is not the hardest rocking Guns song, BUT Slash would slash his wrists with a broken Jack Daniels bottle if he were ever bookended in a medley by "That Same Old Love Song" and later U2's "With or Without You." A fine original, but probably don't try it on the road without some chicken wire.
I would be negligent in my duties not to mention other Nowhere Slow band members Jeff Hertzog and Will Clauss. Hertzog keeps time and Clauss provides pounding pulse on bass. Though Hertzog was sometimes nowhere and sometimes slow, he beat the hell out of his drum kit all night long - in a wife-beater.
I really do like these guys, so does everyone else and so will you. So give them a spin online or live. Decide for yourself if the medleys rock your world or grit your teeth and if their original numbers stand up to the classics we sing along to at the shows.