SONG PREMIERE: Nocona Comment on Bad Dudes With Country-Punk Tune “Stabby Mike”

Nocona is a rock band with history who draw their roots from Country, Folk, Punk, Rock and psychedelia. They are known for taking the psychedelia of the 13th Floor Elevators and mashing it up with the Bakersfield sound—Roky and Buck; Love and the Burrito Brothers. Their two previous albums, Nocona and Long Gone Song drew rave reviews and the band has played some of the biggest festivals in America – Outside Lands, Bonnaroo, and Stagecoach. In 2018 they shared bills with June Carter Cash and John Jorgenson, Rosie Flores, Ladies Gun Club, Aaron Lee Tasjan and Brennen Leigh.

Nocona begins with the husband/wife team of Adrienne and Chris Isom. Chris previously played with Mooney Suzuki as a guitarist, and played and toured with Adam Green. Adrienne, along with playing bass, is a founding member of the all-female music production team Rebelle Road. The Isoms – who played in New York, Austin, and Toronto before finally relocating to Los Angeles – founded Nocona as a successor to their previous L.A. group, Paladino, with former Old Californio drummer Justin Smith, who like them worked regularly at the Grand Ole Echo, the city’s Sunday roots music showcase.

Today Glide is excited to premiere “Stabby Mike”, the first single off of the band’s upcoming new record (January 2020), Los Dos. Los Dos is the third album from Los Angeles band, Nocona and finds the band digging deeper into its bracing melding of hard-edged Americana and a keen punk-bred sensibility. Co-produced by Jay Braun and Adrienne Isom, with engineering by Braun and Kevin Jarvis. Sessions were begun in the Isoms’ garage, with work completed at Jarvis’ studio, the Sonic Boom Room, in Venice, California. “Stabby Mike” was inspired by cartoonish nature some of our public media figures and personas seem to be taking on. Kicking off with a acoustic strumming and punkish vocals, the song explodes into a grungy roots rocker with plenty of twang, making an impassioned comment on the current state of our society. 

Chris Isom, who wrote the song, describes the inspiration behind it:

“’Stabby Mike’ is a composite character who sees the worst in everyone—if he can receive any benefit from stabbing anyone in the back, he does. Stabby Mike is somewhat of a caricature of an old-school Gangs-of-New-York style street hood. He’s sort of like Bill the Butcher, but worse. Stabby Mike might just stab you for fun or to impress someone else. He’s a very bad dude.” 


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