Nice As Fuck made their network television debut Tuesday with a cathartic Late Show performance inspired by the Sixties anti-war protest movement. Decked in matching fatigue jackets and backed by an illuminated peace sign, the power trio – vocalist Jenny Lewis, bassist Erika Forster, drummer Tennessee Thomas – delivered a visceral take of lead single “Door” and the chorus from “Guns,” both from their recently released debut LP.
“If you believe in peace and love/ And the message above/ Don’t close the door,” Lewis sang on the former track, highlighting the words with splashes of reverb. Flanked by a crew of fans wearing “GIVE A DAMN” T-shirts, the supergroup teased “Guns,” their timely protest tune, with a crowd sing-along of “I don’t wanna be afraid/ Put your guns away.”
“It wasn’t a purely political album,” Lewis told Rolling Stone of the band’s debut. “I think we were channeling the feeling of the neighborhood and the community Tennessee is immersed in. With a song like ‘Guns,’ that’s a song I started writing in my apartment months ago – kind of about Sandy Hook. At the very last minute we put it together and it happened to coincide with the Orlando shootings. Again, it’s all in the ether. We’re channeling those feelings.”