The Nixons Reunite

By:  Addie Hayes, Editor/Lead Writer, Regional Music Journal

Oklahoma City rock band The Nixons have reunited after seventeen years, and fans are excited for new material from the band.  After releasing five albums, The Nixons (Green Album) in 1990, Halo in 1994, Foma in 1995, The Nixons in 1997, and The Latest Thing in 2000, The Nixons quietly disbanded.  Each member continued to work in the music industry, with Jesse Davis, Ricky Brooks and John Humphrey forming the band Huver.  In 2003, Humphrey joined the rock band Seether on drums.  The Nixons frontman Zac Maloy became a solo artist, releasing two albums and an EP, before moving on to produce.  Maloy has worked with artists such as Carrie Underwood, Skillet, Halestorm and Daughtry to name a few.

In 2017, The Nixons announced a few reunion shows, which featured the original Foma lineup.  They performed in Oklahoma and Texas.  The band ultimately released a new song titled, “Song of the Year”, which was featured on a new EP.  In 2018, the band announced that new music was on the way and they have continued to perform live.  On March 15, 2019, they performed at State Theater in Harrah, Oklahoma.  Oklahoma City band Junebug Spade and Wichita band The Tits provided opening support.

Junebug Spade Opening for The Nixons at State Theater in Harrah, OK – Photos Courtesy Rockandee Photography

Junebug Spade is made up of Peter Seay on vocals and guitar, Kyle Mayfield on bass, Dustin Hunt on guitar and vocals, AJ Sadeghi on guitar and drummer Matt Barrett.  They have worked with producer Trent Bell at Bell Labs Recording.  Junebug Spade have shared the stage with alternative rock bands like Neon Trees, The Lemonheads and played a showcase at SXSW in 2012.  The band has a great energy during their live performance and the crowd at State Theater were impressed with the set.  Junebug Spade delivers a great sound that translates beautifully into a live setting.

The Tits Performing at State Theater in Harrah, OK – Photos Courtesy Rockandee Photography

Wichita band The Tits took the stage and immediately grabbed the attention of the audience with their deep, heavy rhythms.  The Tits are, Kendall Newby on drums, Drew McClellan on guitar, Ben Harvey on bass and Scott Mackey on guitar.  Newby is the lead vocalist, while McClellan, Harvey and Mackey each provide backing vocals.  The Tits deliver a fantastic auditory assault by moving from one song to the next with little pause between each.  They are a very versatile band who mixes elements of hard rock, 1970s New York punk and 80s rock to create their own sound. 

The Nixons On Stage at State Theater in Harrah, OK – Photos Courtesy Rockandee Photography

The Nixons kicked off their set with a new song, “Ghost of an Angel”.  The band still has the ability to mesmerize and audience.  Next they played “Halo” from the Foma album and fans sang along.  Other songs from the Foma album that were performed during the set included “Head”, “Fellowship”, “Foma”, “Wire”, “Passion” and “Blind”.  The band also performed “The One” from the 1999 album Scrapbook, along with “Baton Rouge” and “The Fall” from the 1990 independent release The Nixons.  They also performed a new song titled “Crutch”, which will appear on their upcoming 5 track EP, set for release later in 2019.  Toward the end of the set, they performed their hit song “Sister” from the Foma album. 

Throughout the performance fans old and young sang along to each song, showing the band how much they have been missed.  The Nixons sounded amazing during their set and proved they still have a lot of music left to create.  With a new EP on the way and upcoming tour dates, The Nixons are back and fans are thrilled.

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