Review by Adam Jacob Loredo, with foreword and photos by Ryan Javier.
In the mid-1990’s, the Nixons were hot shit. Backed by a solid fan base, constant touring and really fucking good music, they were tearing up the charts and the airwaves. You literally couldn’t tune in to an alt-rock station in this country and not hear the Nixons (and that wasn’t a bad thing at all). The Oklahoma City natives played Dallas so often that this city unofficially adopted them as one of our own. After five successful albums and a couple of EPs, the group disbanded, much to the chagrin of their legion of fans, and the members went their separate ways, creating solo projects and joining new bands. Flash-forward to today times, and with some weird twist of fate (and despite having families and careers of their own), all four members of the 1994 lineup (Zac Maloy, Jesse Davis, John Humphrey and Ricky Brooks) found themselves with some downtime.
Frontman Zac Maloy had an idea for a new song and through email, dropbox and the power of the internet, the guys all were able to add their parts remotely. The single “Song of the Year” was dropped on iTunes and Spotify a few weeks ago in ealry June. The song marks the Nixons’ first new music since 2000 and so far, the reception has been incredible. The gaps in guys’ scheduling only allowed for a temporary reunion; so far only four dates were slated.
The first reunion show was at home, in Oklahoma City, in March of this year, followed by a performance at the 25th annual Edgefest music festival in Frisco, TX and a third show in Tulsa. The final stop was in Dallas at Trees. When I asked them why, out of all the venues in Dallas, why choose to play here, why Trees? Drummer John Humphrey replied that Trees was like their home-away-from-home. They made a name for themselves in Dallas, by performing at Trees, and as such, have a long and illustrious relationship with the venue. To come back to Trees, basically full circle, 15 years later, was a no-brainer, in their eyes.
There was (comparatively) little PR done beforehand and the Dallas reunion gig became tantamount to a word-of-mouth show. Despite that, the Nixons Dallas-base obviously hadn’t forgotten them; the Nixons easily sold out the entire venue in no time at all. Even after a decade-and-a-half of hiatus, fans still remembered who they are. It’s a testament to the enduring quality of the Nixons’ music and to their relationship with Dallas and it’s people. The Nixons are our brothers from another mother and I for one was glad as fuck to have them back in town.
We sent our good friend Adam Loredo from the neighboring Anvil Pub over to Trees to see if the Nixons still had “it”. (SPOILER: they did and they fucking crushed it.)
Here’s what Adam had to say:
DALLAS – As if a prophecy, things tend to happen for all of good, and in cycles – like reuniting of the Nixons, albeit only temporary. Conquering their reign in the atmosphere of music, the realm of 90’s Rock & Roll which was summoned & resurrected in Deep Ellum..
June 24, 2017. A day that brought back hope, dreams, & life to a generation of elders to remind them of their youth and childhood would always be eternal.
A long decade and a half, the people been waiting for such a return from a that is genuine. A sold out reunion well worth the wait, all received a performance where the four artist/musicians rested their past, present, & legacy on the stage of Trees in Dallas, Texas.
Three hours before the show I was able to see & briefly speak to the band. Honestly felt like a couples therapy with the band members wanting to make things work as a whole to give the people a gift of the Nixons.
The good quality of music that people need as healthy food. As their fans, they had the excitement of a child was what was about to take place that night. May it last for the sake of every one of the Nixons. I sensed the band has been through some shit, broken as a whole.
Just like relationships, it’s something that always needs to be worked on by each individual equally. It’s a hard task for a band or group to thrive without any complications or such with more then two opinions involved & having separate lives on top of that. But diversions and road blocks are temporary, only waiting to be over come.
Before the Nixons set, the two openers, Trent Rush & South FM performed a well vibrant show, leaving a honorable welcoming to the Nixons. The whole house was as one from the moment the doors opened. The wave length of the crowd was of Joy. Joy of remembrance & the moment of reality. South FM passionately executed a performance that was viewed as if it was their last. Very much so was the crowd satisfied with the whole nights rock event overall.
There was a good, long moment for a break before the Nixons played. As ecstatic the people were to see them, they were too, patient for what was to come. When them heavy red curtains finally opened in front of our eyes with the spirit of the Nixons waiting behind them pausing time less then a second. — Adam Jacob Laredo.