Gainesville's four piece Nice Guy Eddie clearly gravitates towards the post-new wave popsters originally sired by the Beatles, but are greatly influenced by the almost giddy, sing-along style later popularized by the likes of Squeeze. Nice Guy Eddie, however, aren't afraid to tap into earlier, patented '60s Merseyside vocals and rhythm guitars ("Memoirs," "Rainbow") or upbeat '60s pop akin to Freddie and the Dreamers ("Never Saw the Sun") or even more serious, hard-edged, power pop like the Sugar-impacted "Feast or Famine." All laced with adoring harmonies and rich British invasion tradition. What's most entertaining about Nice Guy Eddie, however, is their infallible enthusiasm. They're not breaking any new ground but their having a damn fine time incorporating all of their influences, mixing and matching with ease and flair. The fact that they happily emulate early pop bands besid es The Beatles is a refreshing switch all by itself-and in today's angst-ridden, fusion-fest of a music scene, it's downright...alternative.
As published in Moon Magazine, July 10, 1996:
In the whirlwind of new local music being released or scheduled to be released soon (Homestyle, Whoreculture, bloom, Sister Hazel, What It Is), do not skip the new release from Gainesville's Nice Guy Eddie. Snipe Hunt! Mixes 90s-style garage rock with 60s goofy pop, all backed by good song-writing. Not to slight the band, but the song "Memoirs" made me imagine a Partridge Family tribute album. "From When I Slept" is my favorite track, combining the quartet's pop rock with harmonica and mandolin rhythms. Snipe Hunt! Keeps with the new "Gainesville sound"-southern, melodic, and happy-and should ensure the band a spot at the upcoming Alachua Music Harvest 4. These guys are upbeat, creative and deserving of some local airplay as well.
From the opening melodic rock-pop of "Never Saw The Sun" to the closing harmonica and cymbal crashes of "The Right Direction," this jangly rock quartet concentrates on melody and song craft. Nostalgia in a '60s garage rock-meets-'80s new wave frame of mind is heard throughout, but not too strongly in either case. Harmonies abound, be the tune heavy or homegrown, and the song order seems nonchalantly thrown together, playing with the mood in an undirected fashion. The collection works best as a song-by-song effort, as the band apparently intended. Multi-instrumentalist Chris Jackson spices the songs with either mandolin, harmonica or keyboards to suit his fancy, while the rest of the band harmonizes cleanly and smoothly. Sometimes the group rocks out, as in the heaviness and harmony of "She Don't Love Me" or the angsty "Feast Or Famine"; other times they wax sentimental (and infectiously) on cuts like "Memoirs," a song destined to be the answer to a one hit wonder trivia question if there ever was one. "Rainbow" is a bouncy little number that is a top cut (note the gritty-but-fun guitar leads and hook-laden melody). Overall, Snipe Hunt! is a solid song by song effort rather than an album "as a whole." Production is technically pretty good.Contact Nice Guy Eddie at (352) 377-NICE or on the net http://www.mind.net/nikko11/NGE/.