Allston, MA is home to Black Lodge which is an underground punk club that houses two favorite bands:  Nice Guys and Black Beach.  Now, the two bands have created a new album Nice Guys/BlackBeach Split 7”.  The album, released later this month, will have a limited press of 250 copies, half of which will be in a Coke bottle green vinyl, the other half in black vinyl.

Black Beach – whose members are Ben Semeta, Steve Instasi, and Ryan Nicholson – made a name for themselves throughout 2016.  They played the Boston Calling Music Festival and debuted their first full-length album Shallow Creatures, which led to touring dates.  Their music is self-described as “loud, dirty, rock n’ roll”.  Their two cuts on the split, “Poor Posture” and “Fever Dreamin” have an angst ridden sixties feel to them (not Summer of Love sixties) with a punk crescendo that is not to be denied.  Black Beach recorded their part of the split at Converse’s Rubber Tracks Boston studio by Paul Kolderie.

Nice Guys – Alex Aronson, Jake Gilbertson, Matt Garlick, and Pete Bayko – have also achieved notoriety in the Allston area.  The past five years have brought several releases, including splits with bands like Free Pizza, Miami Doritos and The Fagettes.  Nice Guys have also been steadily touring.  The four tracks from Nice Guys, “Grodello”, “Pissing Dirty”, “Condos” and “$94”, were recorded at Love Magnet Studios in Roxbury, MA by Ian Doerr.  Their music is pure punk with delirious rhythms and tireless lyrics.  This is music at home in any punk club in the world.


  1. Grodello by Nice Guys
  2. Pissing Dirty by Nice Guys
  3. Condos by Nice guys
  4. $94 by Nice Guys
  5. Poor Posture by Black Beach
  6. Fever Dreaming by Black Beach

NiceGuys/Black Beach 7″ is available to order now. Keep up with Black Beach here and Nice Guys here.

**Originally posted on Impose Magazine.

Meredith Schneider