One of the founding members of the Backslap Blues Band (the first band to appear at the now legendary nightclub, Lupos Heartbreak Hotel), Nick Duane has a complex and varied musical history, but currently creates atmospheric electronic rock soundscapes as a solo project. Based out of Rhode Island, Nick Duane’s songwriting recalls famous pop rock tunes of the late 80s and 90s, with a dark twist of his own intertwined.
Nick Duane – The Old World
“The Old World” is meditative and you can find yourself getting lost in the mix, but then the drums and guitar jolt you back into reality — kind of like living our lives now, where we have to pretend things are normal but they’re actually really off. With phrases like, “Imagine there are no limits, only plateaus,” it’s a relief of Duane to give space in between the verses, allowing the listener to absorb what’s being said. Nick Duane has a strong message for his listeners to take a step back and take a look around at what’s really going on in the world.
Overall, the feeling is ominous and melancholy, yet also ethereal and tranquil, featuring industrial yet fluid keyboard and drum arrangements that flow together like water. We get another hint of the guitar again before the song quickly and mysteriously dissolves away into silence in the same way it entered into the mix – as if the music sort of went on forever regardless of how long the song was actually being recorded.
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