ATOM Artist Profile - Nicky Kay Orchestra

Nicky Kay unleashes first instrumental album in eight years with Orchestra Debut Barrier Reef

By: Scott Kinnison

Nicky Kay's latest release is the debut album from the Nicky Kay Orchestra Barrier Reef on ATOM Records!

Nicky Kay Orchestra Barrier Reef - live 2009Following the release of rockabilly classic Go Crazy Pop! and his own alt-solo full-length Into The Loud, Nicky Kay, AKA Nick Kizirnis, reunited with long-time friends and collaborators Ed Lacy (Cage, The Raging Mantras), Brian Hogarth (The Mulchmen) and Jim Macpherson (Breeders, Lab Partners, Real Lulu, Guided by Voices) to explore a new realm of "instrumental surf" music. While enjoying the chance to play instro favorites from the Mulchmen days like "Frank" and "Backscratcher", the group wanted to focus on taking the vibe to new places.

The group recruited vilonist Liz Landis (Sleepybird), keyboardist Tom Salvetierra (The Professors), and Dennis Mullins (The New 13, Bison Studios) to expand the sound of the music Kizirnis was writing into a rich, textural moody style of surf music that could get audiences dancing and falling into a hypnotic trance at the same time.

Dubbing the group the "Nicky Kay Orchestra" Dennis Mullins and Ed Lacy began producing the group's amazing debut CD Barrier Reef. Sean Haney, who has worked with Thomas Dolby and Trash Can Sinatras, mastered the album and the artwork was once again handled by Denis Mutter and Skot Kutowski of FNHarsh Designs.

Have a listen to Barrier Reef and you'll discover that the Nicky Kay Orchestra delivers everything from full-on surf rock ("Go Commando) to strange science-fiction themes ("Barrier Reef"), while also revealing new lush and somber songs ("Absoution") and a twisted nod or two to their Mulchmen roots ("Snake Eyes").

Get the CD now and watch for the next Nicky Kay Orchestra live appearances in 2013!