San Francisco, California's The Makes Nice features Josh Smith, a founding member and ex-guitarist of instrumental metal act the Fucking Champs. But Smith's power-pop trio has far more in common with the Yardbirds than, say, Yakuza. A throwback to '60s acts such as the Shragri-Las, the band's upcoming album This Time Tomorrow evokes the past without sounding overly nostalgic or forced despite the fact that tracks such as "Do It Again" and "Her Personal Vendetta" sound authentic enough to be included on the next Nuggets compilation. However, don't let the close-cropped hair and matching suits fool you: Beneath its pop sheen, The Makes Nice is crafting rock music that's so soulful, it's downright dirty in an Elvis-on-Ed-Sullivan kind of way. Not bad for a dude who also plays in a band called Drunk Horse, huh?
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