The Nice To Have
The musical being known as The Nice To Have is the perfect kind of artist for Heavy Mediums. His songs are weird and all over the place in the most beguilingly beautiful way. To call this music absurdist is as trite and narrow minded as calling it avant-garde - yet both are perfectly apt descriptions if that's the way your doorbell dings. The truth is, there is nowhere to put this music besides into your ears where you'll have to figure out what it means to you all by yourself. In complete fact, we would be doing you a disservice by trying to convince you that anything about way The Nice To Have approaches music is something we can prepare you for. You're on your own. Don't forget water and snacks.
The Nice To Have has been playing and recording music among the pollen crusted trumpet vines of Austin, Texas for decades. He has worked with a veritable whose who of Austin underground artists and bands going back to the early 90s. We won't get into that just yet. It will all come out in due time. Focus people. The time is now. Ah ah ah, look at me. Stay present.
"Gift Basket" / "Words Hat Crow" - Split Single
Side A: Gift Basket - The Nice To Have
Side B: Words Hat Crow - Brute Florist
Two genre straining songs that almost universally elicit tilted heads, quizzical facial expressions and short, far away phrases like "Er, I don't know what I think about this" and "No, leave it, I need to hear where this is going." and "Who is this again?"
Upcoming Q2: 7" vinyl release!
Heavy Mediums is honored to have more recording projects in progress with The Nice To Have!
The Nice To Have Micro-EP
So far this consists of two very short songs that can only be described as slightly oblong extrusions of vocal density, hydral rhythm and borderline misuse of traditional instrumentation, and two songs we haven't heard yet!
Halloween - A single slice of sonic funhouse layer-cake that stands 46' tall and 11 inches wide. No fork. No knife. Seriously this is the best description we can come up with. This song will be both adored and despised by you and everything you hold dear. (There is a rumor going around the office that Brute Florist also has a complete copy of the multi-tracks for Halloween and is pre-de-re-knee-free-constructing his own rando version with no regard for the intent of the original material due to a devils bargain struck during the recording sessions resulting in a high likelihood that this one piece will spawn a litter of songs and soundscapes that when combined with the in tandem compositional processes at the tropical garden studio of The Nice To Have will result in an unknown final number of releases. These studio sessions could continue spawning songs for decades like an unspoilt river's yearly salmon run.)
Mean Carol - A town reals beneath the psychic weight of a voice in the snow folding back on itself. Random strangers take a hard look in the mirror.
A Crank In Bloom - We just got word of this one! More descriptors! More descriptors! More descriptors for lunch and dinner!
Gang We're On An Iceburg - We just got word of this one too! Additional descriptors pending review!
Q1 2024: The EP and all spin-off material to be released digitally via Heavy Mediums Bandcamp page.
The Commercial Debris EP & Dance Remixes
Another collaboration between The Nice To Have and Brute Florist. They each contributed audio tracks recorded at random intervals over 25 years of collecting field recordings and self-generated oddball utterings, and set them to the cheesiest keyboard accompaniment that money can buy improvised on the spot by The Nice To Have and his SuperKing Keyboard. The original songs are mercifully short. The dance remixes by Brute Florist are stupidly long. The whole thing is ridiculous as hell.
Q1-Q2 2024: digital release via the Heavy Mediums Bandcamp page.
Planned: Dance Remixes cassette release.
The Nice To Have - Beautiful Love Songs EP
This is a work in progress and, if you can imagine this, it will take everything you've read above and flip it on its head. These are indeed beautiful love songs. But you have to understand that every love is different, and these are different love songs.
Q3-Q4 2024: Digital Release via the Heavy Mediums Bandcamp page.
Planned: 10" solid color vinyl.