Alt-rockers Mudhoney and one-time angsty young lady Natalie Imbruglia might not seem like they have much in common. In fact, about the only thing that’s running in sync between the two’s music is their influence on one small Sydney band.

I really like rock music -“ I really like rock music with a sleazy and slick flavour. But I really like Natalie Imbruglia too, Nancies singer Tom Brogden says.

The Nancies are a hard-rocking three-piece who have been together since December 2003. They recorded their debut five-track EP Feel The Love in February this year, and have been planning a mild-mannered assault on the Sydney music scene ever since.

Oh, and they like to sing about masturbation -“ one of the songs from Feel The Love has the Beavis and Butthead-ish title Spank the Monkey. When they entered it in this year’s Triple J Unearthed competition, Brogden said he would be happy to root someone to get a record deal.

Our aim is to infiltrate and subvert, Brogden says. We want to destroy from within.

But The Nancies are not all about wanking, he says.
There is a serious aspect to it. I do have important issues that I want to express -“ but I’m no Billy Bragg.
The Nancies will play songs of paranoia, masturbation and emotional vampires at a free gig this weekend, featuring a special guest mystery drummer -“ but don’t expect anyone famous.

The Nancies are playing a gig this Friday (13 August) at the Lansdowne Hotel, 2 City Rd, Chippendale, supported by Bubblevicious and Neoezi. The Nancies are playing for 45 minutes from 10pm and entry is free.

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