Athens, GA, pop artist, Nicholas Mallis, has recently announced his new album, The Final Station (out Summer 2020 via Laser Brains) and released the latest single, Catch 2022. In it, Mallis’ spoken word verses are delivered with deadpan nihilism and juxtaposed by bouncy, soulful choruses reminiscent of Orange Juice, Bowie, and the like.
About the song, Mallis comments
“Catch 2022 is about how we relate to each other in the social media era and what it means to be a ‘friend’ these days. The first line in the song asks, ‘How many people out there avoid their friends at the grocery store?’ When I wrote this, it was supposed to be silly, but given the events that have unfolded in the past few months with COVID 19, that line and the song in general carry a whole new meaning for me. To anyone out there reading or listening, I wish the best for you and your friends and family during this scary time.”
Over the past five years, Nicholas Mallis’ brand of weirdo pop and absurdist, over the top performances have been garnering him praise in Athens and beyond. He has shared bills with indie pop greats like Dan Deacon and Kishi Bashi and even played as a side man in the solo efforts of Athens legends Cindi Wilson and Fred Schneider (The B-52’s). In 2019, Nicholas released Artificial Irrelevance, a collection of glam pop songs that Flagpole Magazine referred to as “timeless.” After spending a year promoting and touring A.I., Nicholas has quickly turned out another album and he is gearing up to tour the east coast again this spring. The Final Station was recorded and produced by Nicholas at his home studio in Athens and mastered at The Glow by engineer/producer Jesse Mangum (Elf Power, Black Kids, Deep State). The new album will be out on summer 2020 via the Athens record label, Laser Brains.