Aggressively entering the rock scene with unquenchable passion, pulsing energy and an electric sound, The Nixons presence in the music industry was unwavering. They were quickly recognized and made their mark on groves of dedicated fans for their legendary live performances. Comprised of Singer, Zac Maloy, Guitarist, Jesse Davis, bassist, Ricky Brooks and drummer, John Humphrey, The Nixons were discovered and eagerly signed with major label, MCA/Universal in 1995. The band did not disappoint with 3 hit songs, “Sister”, “Happy Song” and “Wire” upon the release of their first record, Foma. “Sister” exploded and quickly became a phenomenon in the Midwest. With momentum on high, “Sister” secured the spotlight with a top five radio hit and crossed over into the Hot 100 pop billboard songs. The Nixons were unstoppable, touring worldwide and lighting up the stage over 3000 times in nearly a decade. Their rise to fame set them on the same stage with rock and roll icons such as The Melvins, KISS, Soul Asylum, Radiohead and The Toadies. Soon after, The Nixons released two more albums with MCA that delivered dedicated fans with rock radio hits, “Baton Rouge” and “The Fall.”
With fierce tenacity and an unrelenting drive the Nixons original line-up reunited in 2018 and played a series of sold out shows in the Midwest. Once again, they hit the stage with another renowned rock band, The Smashing Pumpkins. Their newest song, “Crutch” was just released in April 2019 with full video production, sharp lyrics and the familiar crowd drawing intensity that The Nixons demonstrated since they first stormed into the music scene. Partnering with Art is War Records and Management and Dave Shapiro of Sound Talent Group, The Nixons are backed by a powerhouse team to catapult new music into the hearts of past and future fans alike. Be prepared for The Nixons to kick the doors wide open with back to back tour dates across the globe and gripping new music spinning on your local radio station soon.
XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
No shows on the calendar but yes will have new music coming in 2020.
XS ROCK: How long has the band been together?
We formed in 1990. Went away for 17 years, reunited a few years ago.
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band?
Love rock and roll. And making music.
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
I know it will sound cliche but I dig both. My actual day job is being a songwriter here in Nashville. And, of course, it’s cool to hear. Songs I have written being performed by people like Carrie Underwood, Skillet and more. But there’s really nothing in the world like writing, recording and then performing that song with your bandmates.
XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road?
Some I probably shouldn’t tell:)
But we did have a few killer nights on the road with Slash’s Snakepit and hear some GNR stories. Also, we had a pretty cool night on a riverboat after a leg we did with KISS.
XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
Not sure any requests come to mind. I can say we have great fans and they’ve actually gifted us with some pretty cool stuff. John once received some plaster KISS masks (his favorite band) and a fan once gave me an autographed Kurt Vonnegut book signed “To Zac the lyricist”. He’s my fav writer and actually invented the word Foma…which was our first album’s name.
XS ROCK: Were your parents supportive of your aspirations to play in a rock band?
They were. There’s actually footage out there somewhere of my parents in the audience of a KISS show a Madison Square Garden. All our parents were at most local shows and still are.
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
Personally “Foma” and “Blind” are a blast. “Sister” is also cool cause basically the crowd kinda carries those chorus’…nothing cooler than hearing a crowd sing words you wrote back at ya.
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
Two local bands really put on amazing shows and influenced us greatly. Chainsaw Kitten and Flaming lips.
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
(Toadies are gonna fight for that second sport but it’s my dream scenario …
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
Just to be part of a band that was able to (with a hiatus) still be kicking after forming 30 years ago.
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
As I mentioned, I’m a songwriter in Nashville and get to write songs every day.
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
Marshall, Gibson (Les Paul), Big Muff pedal.
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
There are great bands and artists in every era. But if I’m gonna bitch it would be that I wish there were more rock bands on the main pop chart. There was a time you heard Nirvana and even later Shinedown….but those days are gone.
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
I’m a bit of a nerd. Just binged The Madolorian and can’t wait for the new Star Trek series.
XS ROCK: If someone had never heard you before, how would you describe your sound?
We’re just a good ol’ loud rock-n-roll band.
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
Just go find us and follow us on social media