fter years of playing with different Athens bands including legends Cindy Wilson and Fred Schneider (B-52’s), Nicholas Mallis has combined his myriad of influences into a powerful collection of synth-driven glam pop. Listening to his latest effort, Artificial Irrelevance, one can hear his leanings to late 70’s new wave with his dance/punk beats, punchy bass lines, swirling synths, and angular surf rock riffs. Mallis leads the stomp with his Bowieesque croon.
His previous recordings and absurdist, over the top performances, have been garnering him praise in Athens for the past few years as Flagpole Magazine places him "among the town's best songwriters.”
While the tone of the new album is firmly rooted in new wave and synth-pop, his production style veers into yacht rock, easy listening, funk, and hip hop. Some of the tunes, like “Cave Man,” draw more from contemporaries like MGMT and of Montreal, but with Mallis’ own campy spin on the indie dance-pop genre. The upcoming release was recorded at Nicholas’ home studio in Athens and mastered at The Glow by engineer/producer Jesse Mangum (Elf Power, Black Kids, Deep State). Artificial Irrelevance will be out on April 9 on the Athens record label, Laser Brains (Tedo Stone, Hank Sullivant (MGMT), Shehehe, Drew Beskin, Velveteen Pink, etc.) and Mallis and his backing band, The Borealis, will be touring the eastern US along with the release.