That’s right. THE CYNICS ARE HOLD-YOUR-WHIZZLE AWESOME!!!!!
What’s that got to do with Nix Comics? Well, in a lot of ways, Nix Comics is a throwback style imprint. My publications have been called “retro,” both as an open armed embrace by fans eager for the comforts of nostalgia and as a back-handed smack by the begrudgers who think that progress in the medium means that looking back is a waste of time.
I think that the same problems face modern comic artists like myself. I worry that pages illustrated in a style reminiscent of Kirby are more rip than homage. That the Tales from the Crypt inspired morality plays that I write are too spot-on for a modern audience.
Why mimic a style to the point that it sounds exactly like the original material? Doesn’t that reduce the power of the original material and relegate the revival material to the realm novelty? The Cynics have influenced my writing in that they clearly have wrestled with these very questions.
Their first couple of records (“Blue Train Station” and “Twelve Flights Up”) had that revival feel to them, although not with the same level of outright apery that records by the aforementioned Chesterfield Kings, but enough so that the snottiest critic could dismiss them.
This gem of a record combined with their jaw dropping live shows, established who the Cynics were. They were a distinct sound in a samey-same field of garage rock revival and punk rock twilight… Clearly sprung from the 60s garage jangle but having a roar of personality all its own.
Some great Cynics below. You can listen to them on the Nix Comics Spotify playlist: Nix Comics Soundtrack if you're a cheap sonovagun or buy their records at the Get Hip Records website if you're a more upstanding citizen.