First Look: The Sneaky Nixons – Returning Home A Failure – Video


The Sneaky Nixons were initially seen rather than heard, with graffiti bearing their name popping up around Liverpool on a regular basis. At that time I wasn’t sure if they were a band or a group of situationists wearing tricky Dicky masks, who were about to reveal some obscure political message? But it got them noticed perhaps not always in a way they’d intended as they once described themselves as ‘the most hated band in Liverpool.’ But I checked out their demos and there was definitely a rough and ready charm to their sound at the time. The storm in teacup over their graffiti campaign and spats with other local musicians is now a thing of the past. Of course, that’s not to say they’ve mellowed and I’d imagine they are still just as likely to tell you to fuck off as they ever were but they have been hard at work on their forthcoming debut album ‘The Barbie Syndrome’.

‘Returning Home a Failure’ is a taste of things to come from that album, and it does have a lovely sense of “lying in the gutter staring at the stars” sense of ennui. It also demonstrates a slightly more reflective side and is a song perhaps about learning from mistakes, but could lyrics such as “nothing’s changed I’ve just become more self-aware” and “they’ve hung me out to dry “ sung with a sense of resignation suggest that the band may have lost their angry fire ? Nah,  I don’t believe them, it’s a trap ! After all, they are Sneaky Nixons right?




Andy Von Pip

ANDY VON PIP - Founder, editor, writer, reviewer, photographer and all-round good guy at the House photographer for The Academy Music Group, Zuma Press, Event Magazine and Rex Features worldwide. You can check out his photography at Andy Von Pip Photography Has been new music tipster on BBC6 Music, Amazing Radio, and DJ on Strangeways Radio (USA.) Can currently be heard on IWFM Radio. His radio work has been described as sounding like Ian McCulloch on ketamine fused with Ringo Starr. New music tipster on Amazing Radio, moderator for BBC 6 Music DJ Tom Robinson's Fresh on the Net, former member of "BBC's Sound Of" panel. Written and photographic work has appeared in The Quietus, Music Week, Record Of The Day, The Guardian, GIITV, The Sabotage Times, Bido Lito, The Skinny, Louder Than War. Media partner and curator for Liverpool Sound City.

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