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Nikki Sue & The Bad News are a female fronted indie rock powerhouse with a bit of a twist. Their range of influences is wide and varied: from Buddy Holly to Johnny Cash to Billie Holiday to Neko Case. This band certainly give nods to their predecessors and contemporary influences while adding their own personal twist. Setting their sound apart, Nikki Sue & The Bad News focus on raw emotional (even at time confessional) lyrics and dynamic vocals, twangy guitars, jazz influenced bass, and a foot tapping rhythm section. Having lived all over the world but definitively hailing from New Jersey, Nikki Sue's magnetic stage presence in combination with a sea of passion behind every song and catchy-as-all-heck riffs win over any crowd, any day, anywhere.
Nikki Sue currently plays both acoustic and with her full band, Nikki Sue & The Bad News, all over the New York, Brooklyn, New Jersey, Pennsylvania area with frequency and enthusiasm. Nikki Sue began playing guitar in an all-female punk rock band, after which she then moved on to a play various instruments in indie rock bands. Briefly after stints in many bands and earning a college degree which she has no use for, Nikki Sue pushed it all aside to live on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. While on a wild journey on the other side of the pond, she started intricately crafting folky songs and found her destined place as a vocalist for the first time in her musical career, however, she still needed convincing because the thought of being in the spotlight made her weak in the knees (in a bad way). After returning back to the US and showing her closest friends and confidants what she had been working on, she was given the push she needed to peruse this course further. Long time friend Tim Lastfogel talked the apprehensive Ms. Nikki Sue into recording a quick acoustic demo, completed in one afternoon in a walk-in closet and distributed it around the local scene. Before long, floods of emails and calls came in requesting performances.
Since then Nikki Sue has played everywhere and anywhere from basements, to multi-day festivals and conferences, to country BBQ hoe-downs, to record stores, to quirky bars, to rooftops, to blues roadhouses, to wild biker bars, to piers overlooking NYC, to fundraisers and charity events, to art shows.... you get the point! Everyone in the band brings their own style and influence to the table to create a genre defying sound all their own while simultaneously bonding over their extreme love for music and obsession with sharing it with the world.
Nikki Sue & The Bad News have a new album in the works entitled Lower Places, due to release 3.23.12. Currently, they have a video for the title track, Lower Places, on You Tube for everyone's viewing pleasure as well as a free download of the song until the album's release date (also via BandCamp.com).
So hey - if you like to clap, stomp, dance and have a general great time with some quality musicians (who also double as really cool friends) , give Nikki Sue & The Bad News a try!