Halifax band Nap Eyes makes its local debut at the Empty Bottle tonight | Bleader

Halifax band Nap Eyes makes its local debut at the Empty Bottle tonight

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  • Colin Medley
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Nap Eyes, a quartet from Halifax, makes its Chicago debut at the Empty Bottle tonight. Last week the group's terrific debut album Whine of the Mystic (Paradise of Bachelors) was reissued in the U.S.—it originally came out in 2014 in a very limited run on the small Canadian imprint Plus Factory—and the band definitely deserves a wider audience. The strummy, appealingly loose grooves hark back to a variety of top-notch antecedents, including the Velvet Underground and the Modern Lovers, with a nice dash of the Clean's shambling energy. Singer and lyricist Nigel Chapman delivers his somewhat convoluted words with a distinctive drawl that sounds a bit like Julian Casablancas of the Strokes imitating Only Ones vocalist Peter Perrett. But Nap Eyes are more than a well-bred amalgam of influences, and every spin of the album has lodged its contents deeper and deeper into my brain.

The record was cut live without overdubs, a decision that gives the music an electric vibe and allows Chapman's singing to fill the loose pocket sculpted by the band. In addition to the lived-in, nonchalant melodies there is some great guitar interplay between Chapman and Brad Loughead (who along with fellow member and drummer Seamus Dalton, plays in opening band Monomyth), a kind of antivirtuosic lattice of rhythm and carefully deployed feedback. Today's 12 O'Clock Track is the driving opener "Dark Creedence."


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