“Self Titled ”
- Artist Brian Walsby
Release # BFLD282
Limited to 300
In 1984, BYO records out of Los Angeles put out a compilation about called SOMETHING TO BELIEVE IN. It showcased a lot of Canadian bands that I had never heard. Perhaps the most interesting of them were the Nils and their song “Scratches and Needles”. This was, perhaps, the most forward thinking song on the record. It was like a well written SONG. We wondered about the Nils. This was before things like “college rock” and bands like the Replacements started to be referred to it those sort of terms.
Oddly enough, I only discovered the Nils and their ill fated major label recording for Profile Records fairly recently. What happened to the band was pretty crappy as they were lost in the shuffle. You wouldn’t have noticed that if you listened to the record in question: tuneful well written songs that were ahead of their time; even with the obvious nod to things like the Replacements. I think the Nils (on this record) surpass even those guys. It’s a great record full of great songs. Why didn’t the Nils become mega super stars? Who the hell knows. It wasn’t for a lack of talent or that the late Alex Soria didn’t write amazing songs.
The band continues to this day with big brother Carlos Soria replacing his brother on singing duties. They continue to be this sort of secret little gem from Canada that maybe not a lot of people know about historically but those who do like the Nils REALLY LOVE THE NILS. if you are one of those people, celebrate your fortune and good taste by getting this shirt. It’s my version of that iconic photo on the front cover of the record in question. Someone will ask you, “hey! The Nils! Where did you get that fucking t shirt?” and then you can tell them. Thanks to Carlos Soria and Charles for making this happen. Cheers! -Brian Walsby
LIMITED TO 300. Printed on Canvas soft spun cotton tees. Ladies’ sizes printed on Bella “Favorite Tees”. Ladies’ sizes run small.