Fresh off of the release of their music video for “The Devil’s Chain Gang,” which is being accepted into film festivals, The Nickel Slots are channeling that excitement into new creative projects. The band has previously won two consecutive Sammie Awards for Outstanding Americana/Alt-Country, and in 2012 wowed audiences in venues both large and small on a European tour. Their second album “Five Miles Gone” prompted SubMerge Magazine to say that it “…will make a serious bid to be the soundtrack of your summer.” They are currently focused on developing new songs for their next studio album, which they will begin recording later this year.
The Nickel Slots take you on a journey through hard times and desperation that always carries hope that better things are just around the corner. With influence from early roots Americana music as well as a touch of rebellious ’70s punk, The Nickel Slots draw the line that connects Johnny Cash to The Clash. From the sentimental folk tune to the foot-stomping, raucous sing-along, their alt-country rock songs bring you back to a long-lost memory or shared experience of pain, joy, heartache, love, hope, and redemption. Performing together since November 2008, the band has built a devoted following in their home base of Sacramento. They gained notoriety as a song from their debut album spent a month in rotation on KWOD 106.5 FM’s Sounds of Sacramento series before that station’s demise in May 2009.
Lead singer and acoustic guitarist Tony Brusca writes songs that tell unique stories and has a knack for connecting with audiences. Bassist and mandolin player Paul Zinn’s backing vocals add an extra dimension to Tony’s melodies, and his bass lines just can’t sit still. Christopher Amaral, The Nickel Slots’ versatile drummer, lays down train beats and adds distinctive power to the band’s sound. His brother, individual Sammie Award winner electric guitarist Steve Amaral, throws down tasteful licks that dance across the line between rock and country.