Nice Strong Arm

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Noise / art rock three-piece active from 1987-1990.

Formed in 1987 in Austin, Texas, Nice Strong Arm relocated to New York after the recording of their second album Mind Furnace where they were rapidly absorbed into the city's already densely populated alternative rock scene.

One of the original proponents of the "Homestead" sound, Nice Strong Arm quickly found comparison with the likes of Live Skull, Phantom Tollbooth and Sonic Youth as well as criticism that focused on the evident influence of the latter on the band's 1987 début Reality Bath. This early work was characterized by seemingly directionless, swirling dirges, however later recordings showed a growing sophistication which verged on art rock territory.

The band ceased activity following the release of 1990's Stress City.
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Albums

HMS084C Nice Strong Arm - Reality Bath album art Nice Strong Arm Reality Bath (Album) Homestead Records HMS084C US 1987 Sell This Version
HMS104-1 Nice Strong Arm - Mind Furnace album art Nice Strong Arm Mind Furnace (Album) Homestead Records HMS104-1 US 1988 Sell This Version
HMS151-2 Nice Strong Arm - Stress City album art Nice Strong Arm Stress City (Album) Homestead Records HMS151-2 US 1989 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

HMS098-7 Nice Strong Arm - Secret Language album art Nice Strong Arm Secret Language Homestead Records HMS098-7 US 1988 Sell This Version
HMS147-1 Nice Strong Arm - Cloud Machine E.P. album art Nice Strong Arm Cloud Machine E.P. (EP) Homestead Records HMS147-1 US 1989 Sell This Version

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drgiggles

drgiggles

October 26, 2020
I agree with the other review of Nice Strong Arm. My buddy had their albums back in the late 80's and I have been listening to them again and their music is real quality, good melodies, cool guitar sounds and not cheesy. This is coming from a guy who listens mainly to electronic music, so I am easily turned off by most bands on Homestead records, but not Nice Strong Arm.
ekimt1958

ekimt1958

January 6, 2019
Great, underappreciated band from Austin Texas that wrote very melodic, noise influenced songs. Their live shows were fantastic. You can do no wrong by checking out any of their recorded work.

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