- 13 Apr 22
The debut EP from Nixer, PEOPLE FEEL, arrives on May 27th. Photo: Iollann Ó Murchú.
London-based Irish duo Nixer are back with their second single of 2022, the warped 'Decisions'.
‘Decisions’ follows on from previously offerings ‘People Feel’ and ‘Outsider' which established the band’s frenetic, machine driven, guitar-laden style. A sound informed by clubs, socialising, electro, cold wave, fiction and artists like Boy Harsher, The Stone Roses and King Krule. This single encapsulates the unique hybrid musical stylings of the pair.
'Decisions' brings the same electric energy, with a down-tempo guitar riff underlaying Nixer's punchy lyrics tracing the choices made on a night out. Peggs and Seán often fuse dance and indie-rock influences, weaving in diaristic words that everyone in their 20s can relate to.
"I’m literally the most indecisive person EVER, like ever," Seán of Nixer explains. "Well, like, maybe there’s somebody out there who’s more decisive or I mean indecisive than me, maybe, I don’t know…Peggsy what do you think? Hahahaha. Anyway, what a banger, I had so much fun writing this tune.
"I’m delighted I’ve managed to immortalise one of the things that annoys me most about myself in a Nixer song. I really am tragically indecisive. It was a super involved and informed writing process, as was the whole EP, and to avoid getting overly personal I often messaged and called friends to hear what they had to say about the different concepts I was working on and writing about.
"On 'Decisions' I remember reaching out to James McGregor, the lead singer in The Clockworks, and Lorcan Donnellan our guitarist for the live shows, both really great friends of mine and two really great writers. Their words of direction and analysis really helped me. When I asked Lorcan he said, 'But generally speaking, everybody makes shit loads of decisions on a night out. It's a really interesting question, presume you're writing a song about it and I really like the angle'. When I reflect on this, I am so happy that song writing is my favourite thing to do because looking back on that is beautiful.”
Self-produced, self-informed DIY music is the essence of what Nixer do. A track with a synthy bassline and a distinctively Irish accent on vocals is textbook for the UK-based outfit.
‘Decisions’ is the first song of the PEOPLE FEEL story. It’s set at a corner shop where the night begins and the first decision of the night, which for most is a simple one, takes place. The indecisiveness and uncertainty about the simple decision between “beer or wine” sets the tone for the chaos that unfolds.
"A massive theme throughout the EP is the uncertainty we encounter in life and the people that come and go on that journey," Seán tells Hot Press.
Although the music is fun and playful from Nixer on the track, there’s an underlying darkness that’s prevalent throughout the EP as we can also see in the previous two singles.
Listen to 'Decisions' below:
NIXER live dates
1st: Jersey // Havana
30th: Leeds // Gold Sounds Festival
6th: Glasgow // The Road to the Great Escape
9th: Dublin // The Road to the Great Escape
11th-14th Brighton // The Great Escape (Not Announced)
20th: Amsterdam // London Calling
28th: Bristol // Dot To Dot Festival (Not Announced)
29th: Nottingham // Dot To Dot Festival (Not Announced)
31st: London // Nixer Headline, Peckham Audio
7th: London // The Social w/ Talk Show (Not Announced)
July 8th: Slane, Ireland // Otherside festival