NICE BOYS / TIME FLYS @ THE ECHO

March 9th, 2007 |

FRIDAY, MARCH 9: Maybe the reason no one waves their Bic lighters in the air at concerts anymore—except for in that ironic too-cool-for-school way—has nothing to do with the fact that smoking was banned from most venues. Maybe it’s because no one’s writing rock anthems worthy of such a dazzling demonstration of devotion. Ever think of that? Enter The Nice Boys from Portland, Oregon, unleashing glam rock-flavored power pop firebrands like “Teenage Nights” and “Dugong Along.” And that’s not all. On their 2006 self-titled Birdman debut, the quintet not only powers out songs with the glittery bombast of glam idols like Sweet and Slade, but also does lovelorn bubblegum pop a la the Only Ones and crackling rockers that swagger like the Faces and the Boys. Their knack for instantly classic hook-laden power pop does well to honor the tradition of the Exploding Hearts, whose debut Guitar Romantic is iconic among rock aficionados. That band’s only surviving member is Nice Boys founder and singer/guitarist Terry Six. His new band has a less snotty/more yearning pop sound but an equal flair for great rock hooks. Not to mention that their high-water flairs and ratty shags deserve their own salute. The band plays with label mates the Time Flys, who do grisly garage-flavored punk rock and have a timely pop-culture nugget on their hands with the song “Zodiac Killer’s Son.” (ST)

WITH THE TYDE AND JAPANESE MOTORS AT THE ECHO, 1822 SUNSET BLVD., ECHO PARK. 8:30 P.M. / $10 / 18+. WWW.ATTHEECHO.COM.