Known worldwide as the Mecca Of Music the centralized area of England called
‘The Midlands’ is where eyes turn when looking to stay ahead of the curve ‘on
the scene’, are seeking out the latest sound or band pricking playlists and
turning heads in the direction of something…grand.
Having spent the previous twelve months slathering the unsigned scene and
stages with their own senses shattering consumptive sounds Birmingham’s own
Piper’s of the Pied five-piece Nishi has earned their place on the iPods of their
global audience with three previously released singles gaining global airplay.
Collected together and complemented by a further two new tracks, the Droog
Addict EP represents their invitation to your ears and place on your ‘Pods with
an opening salvo of a watershed in the happening.
Priding ourselves with the burden that is being at the forefront of music we
steadied ourselves against the guard rails as we stared over the curve, tracked
down and sat down and spoke with one half of the infamous Droog Addict pairing,
guitarist Bruce Oakley…
#1. LADIM: The beginning is where we traditionally start so please; introduce
Bruce: I go by many names, but to protect the innocent I’ll use the acquired
#2. LADIM:With the launch of your debut EP Droog Addict Nishi are finally
staking their claim on the music world, with quite a large hammer to drive the
Bruce: We think it’s the perfect time to release our debut EP, we would have
waited a few albums down the line but it defies convention. After crafting our
art on the well worn & occasionally oiled machine that is original music, we
think that the collection we have here is the perfect encapsulation of our tried
and tested methodologies to make merry in our earholes. The songs have been
whittled down to near perfection in our eyes, let’s hope our baying fans agree.
#3. LADIM:Of the five tracks on offer you capture the breadth of human emotion –
paranoia and greed, heart-break and unfulfilled resolution – expressing a band
very much of the one mind in its expression and understanding of the tone their
Bruce: Rather than patronize our audience with simplified lyrics and cheesy subject
matter we thought it right to head down a darker and more realistic, emotionally
fuelled direction. Because life isn’t all about wanting to be a rockstar or simply having
‘A bad day’. The tracks show our musical influences in a subtle and clever way that
makes people really listen.
#4. LADIM:Having started so strongly the momentum behind Nishi is gathering apace;
why do you feel your fans have become so taken with the band..?
Bruce: With most of us being from previous bands, we felt like we all needed to try
something new and interesting that maybe people didn’t expect at first. The main
reaction from many fans was ‘I wasn’t expecting this!’ by which they meant they expected
a more run of the mill ‘hard rock/ metal’ influence. Instead they got a insightfully worded
social commentary with a dirty backing track complete with odd time signatures and the
occasional bass break-down(sorry folks, blame Jim).
#5. LADIM:Nishi are also showing their altruistic side along with their artistic one,
appearing at a charity event in aid of MS..?
Bruce: This next gig is going to be our first one of the provinces. Although not an obvious
choice for us to play, it is new territory and of course, all for a good cause. Tickets can be
obtained from the grubby hands of any of the band members. Simply ask via Facebook or
Twitter and we’ll gladly comply.
One moment, Sir Bob Geldoff is on the phone….
#6. LADIM: If you had to pick just one track of the EP above all others to turn up to 11 first,
which would it be and why..?
Bruce:I think the stand out track is CottonMouth; it has so many musical layers and the vocals
bounce around like a stripper on a rodeo. A strong rhythm section is the basis for this little
gem and you’ll be tapping your hands and clapping your feet before you can say “notinmyday!”
#7. LADIM: And finally, it’s Shameless Self-Promotions Time!!! What else would you like our
readers to know about Nishi and the upcoming Droog Addict release?
Bruce: During the long and arduous recording I lost several picks that will never be retrieved,
after seeking legal advice I am now entitled to a full refund of £1.63 in new pence.
Also: I hope people will get our not-so-subtle nod towards cult film culture with our EP title.
Enough said, Droogies.