Tyler Nitschke rocks the bass and tears his throat apart with fellow headbangers, Cavan Egan and Sean Komaromi. Nitschke is a young, local musician who wants to make original music that’s heavy, but funky.
Together, the three of them make up a band called Fat Chicks.
“Without one, the band Fat Chicks would not continue,” Nitschke explains how each member is an intricate piece and adds something original to the band that screams something different.
Nitschke picked up the bass for something to do, a hobby or a way for him to avoid trouble. Speaking of trouble? It could be trouble to book a show with a band name that’s more on the offensive side, “but what’s the problem with bloated poultry?” Nitschke smirks, enjoying his own joke.
Nitschke started playing with Drifting. He was always a dedicated fan of theirs and when they needed a bassist he jumped at the opportunity … but he wasn’t always a bass player.
He played trumpet in the high-school band for a little while because someone told him his hands were too small to play the bass. Now every time he melts your face off and moves your groove, he’s sticking it to a school band teacher who doubted him. What better reason to play than to prove someone wrong?
Nitschke likes the idea of someday playing a cello and experimenting with style and genres. However, Fat Chicks isn’t at all about genres. (Yeah, they love their heavy metal, but they’re strays nonetheless.)
Influenced primarily by The Melvins, Nitschke tells how their albums are all different. “They continue to remain heavy and dark, but they’re not labelled metal.”
Nitschke writes the lyrics, as well; however, “Fat Chicks speaks better with guitars than with our mouths,” he confesses, adding that the lyrics are more random than telling an actual story.
Nitschke wants to go further with his voice and experiment with more melodic lyrics.
But for now he screams his way through their crazy, progressive songs – songs such as Scuttlebuzz to Blitzville, which doesn’t have lyrics, but still manages to pick you up and take you somewhere far, far away.
“That song is the epitome of our awesomeness, in my opinion,” Nitschke says with confidence. You would know he has reason if you caught their most recent show, at Frostbite this year, in the woodshed.
Of course, the dream for Nitschke is to make money off doing what he loves to do. But another way for him to do that is to learn how to produce music or learn how to work on the technical part of the music business.
But besides graduation this spring, Nitschke and Fat Chicks plan to devote their summer to their music and become “ninja masters of rock”. It’s a solid plan that leads down the right path in order to pursue “the dream”.
Nitschke is stoked to share the stage with other rockers such as the Wednesday Night Heroes, Minotaur, Nemesis, Kung Fu Aliens and many more this coming Friday, April 3, at The Old Fire Hall.
“There is lots of support in this town when it comes to the thriving music scene. People are practically begging you to succeed.”
Nitschke knows that his friends and his diehard music fans will be at The Old Fire Hall, so get your tickets early at Triple J’s Music. Go rock out and support the scene. Doors open at 6 p.m and all ages are welcome.