Rising rockers Nostalghia are a mysterious band. Little is known about their past, or even where they’re from. Even less is known about where their sound comes from. Nostalghia is one of just a few bands that have a sound unique enough that their fans must create a new genre just to describe them. In this case, that genre is “post apocalyptic gypsy punk.”
I got a chance to catch the band in Boston on Tuesday night, opening for Chino Moreno’s latest project, Crosses; and I was not disappointed. Nostalghia are currently supporting their new album “Chrysalis” and took the opportunity to play several tracks from the album in a live setting. One standout for me was the song “Cool For Chaos” in which vocalist Ciscandra Nostalghia took the crowd on an eerie trip with haunting instrumentals and vocals. Other tracks like “I’d Still Kill You” and “Sue I Cide” also resonated with the fans in attendance.
Nostalghia’s sound is unique and at times scary - not fake, label manufactured scary – but Marilyn Manson is his early days scary. The difference however is that Nostalghia’s music is a bit less aggressive. Adele Stien, the bands touring electric cellist ads a dimension to the music that most bands don’t have. While Ciscandra Nostalghia’s presence on stage brings the music to life. It’s the type of music that translates better when performed by some one like Ciscandra who will draw the attention of everyone in the room when she’s onstage. Even though it’s hard to explain Nostalghia’s sound or background, they are a band you should be paying attention to.