Kylesa’s Retro Futurist label has signed dynamic rock quintet NICHE for the upcoming release of the band’s third album, Heading East.
What began as a simple three-piece rock band, Savannah, Georgia-based NICHE has since coalesced into a formidable quintet. Laying down ’70s-influenced rock with Southern and psychedelic tendencies, where dual guitar solos, three part vocal harmonies, layered Hammond organ and synths and a powerful rhythm section fuse together to produce a sound that is both nostalgic and unique, hints of Pink Floyd, Thin Lizzy and Steely Dan showing through in their well-crafted songs. Founded in 2009 by childhood friends guitarist/vocalist Justin Dick and bassist/vocalist Michael Redmond, the current NICHE lineup includes Corey Barhorst on Hammond/synths (Black Tusk, ex-Kylesa), drummer Lee Vallier and guitarist/vocalist Kristopher Maedke-Russell.
With two previous self-released albums under their belt — So Be It and The Other Side Of The End
which were both recorded by their good friend Chris Adams — in December 2014, NICHE went to The
Jam Room in Colombia, South Carolina to record their third album with longtime friend Phillip Cope of Kylesa at the helm of producing the album, the first release with their current lineup. Titled Heading East, the album catapults six new tracks with nearly forty minutes of mega rich, perfectly hazy, psychedelically-induced classic rock fueled and jacked-up for modern times, completed with beautiful, kaleidoscopic artwork by Samantha Muljat.
Offers NICHE‘s Michael Redmond about the new release, “The music scene in Savannah has always been a family to me; we work, play, live, love, cry and party together. We help and support each other. I could not be happier that something I’m so proud of will be released by friends and musicians here in Savannah.”
Heading East will see release through Retro Futurist on digital and CD November 13th with a vinyl pressing to follow in early 2016. The album’s third song, “On Down The Line,” is now streaming at THIS LOCATION.