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NOLAN POTTER'S NIGHTMARE BAND

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Nolan Potter's Nightmare Band biography
Nolan Potter's Nightmare Band is the band project of composer and multi-instrumentalist Nolan Potter. They are based in Austin, TX.

Nolan grew up in a town of 600 people in Michigan with a rich musical heritage, which included choirs and musical theater. Since early childhood, he's been involved in every available musical activity: praise and church band, church and school choir, school band, pep band, learning to play piano, trumpet and guitar. He started his first band when he was 13 years old.

Later Nolan moved to Grand Rapids, MI, where he got involved with the local psych scene, represented by bands such as Heaters, Knife Ritual, where he played drums, and Moss Folk, where he played bass.

After Nolan moved to live in Austin, TX, he played drums with a number of Austin bands such as Annabelle Chairlegs, and at the same time began writing music that he "wanted to play drums to". He put out a number of Bandcamp solo releases and was persuaded by his friends to adapt his music for live performance.

Nolan Potter's Nightmare Band released their debut album Nightmare Forever in 2019 on Castle Face Records.


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4.62 | 12 ratings
Nightmare Forever
2019
4.00 | 1 ratings
Music Is Dead
2021
3.50 | 2 ratings
Honey
2023

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A Nightmare B4 X-mas
2020
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Ork Enchantment - Live at the North Door, August 2019
2020

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Nolan Potter's Nightmare Band
2019

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Nightmare Forever
Nolan Potter's Nightmare Band Eclectic Prog

Review by scaramousche

5 stars [1. Nightmare Theme]: The album begins with a short overture which ramps up and, with its violin-led, orchestral, slightly chaotic motion, makes a statement that we're deep in a proggy, fusion-y, psychedelic territory while creating a sense of anticipation of the things to come. It segues seamlessly into

[2. Caberfae Peaks], which with its tuned percussion, whimsical melody, and occasional lyrical silliness ("what kind of man would I be if I lost all my hair") has a discernible Zappa tinge. The wandering flute lines lend a jazz rock kind of vibe to it, and the slightly festive choral delivery of the refrains adds an overall fairytale feeling.

[3. Elf Curse]: I saw a few reviews that placed Nightmare Band in the "fantasy lyrics" category of prog rock, and I feel that's not quite true. Obviously the name of this track would make you think of D&D, but it's instrumental, and takes a foreshadowing turn to a slightly more groovy space rock jam territory before we (again, seamlessly) return to the blissed-out psychedelia of

[4. Seahorse Retreat], probably the chillest song on the record. The lyrics parade a list of characters going about their slightly weird lives, and the orchestral melody at the end of the song lifts the listener up of the bliss to plunge them into the restless motion of

[5. Pity in the City], whose anguished lyrics combine with an 11/4 groove (your time signature analysis may vary, but the bars in the verse add up to 11 beats) that contributes to the feeling of the ground moving under your feet.

The album is very well suited to the LP format, because as we turn the record over the mellowness of side A gets instantly wiped away as we're plunged head first into the fuzzed out garage rock'n'roll of

[6. Dosing the President] and its angry political rant. The contrast to side A is startling, and shows that there is much more to come from this record.

[7. Donny's Trip]: Following logically from "Dosing", "Trip" is a full psychedelic space-out that builds up to a tune that brings to mind a surrealistic parade of Bosch-like proportions (have you seen the movie "Paprika"? That's what I mean.)

In [8. Singing A Single Song of Satan] we emerge on the other side of reality after the trip, having completely lost direction. We are scaling the progressive rock mountain now, with fragments of the tune reminding of VDGG and Jethro Tull in turn (as Nolan starts going heavier on the flute), without fully losing the Zappaesque sense of humour.

[9. Wizard of the Wind] is the progressive peak of the album, the only one where the lyrics really lean into high fantasy territory. Musically this track makes me thik that if Yes arranged a Syd Barrett song that what it would have sounded like. With tuned percussion on top, of course.

The album closes with the instrumental title track [10. Nightmare Forever]. It takes the orchestral theme of the intro and superimposes it over a dark monotonous groove, which solidifies the ambivalent nature of the record as the jamming band triumphantly gallops away.

All in all, the album is a wild progressive psychedelic concept journey atop a jazz fusion seahorse, and well deserving of the highest praise.

Thanks to tapfret for the artist addition.

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