Maury & The West – Songs of the Nation

Maury & The West
Songs of the Nation
1987 (no label)
Austin, Texas, USA

Maury Millican – Guitars, lead vocals
Linda Millican – Keyboards, vocals
Cal Nicholson – Drums, vocals
Kelly Butler – Bass guitar, vocals

Side 1:

  1. Something You Said
  2. The Salesman
  3. All That I Am

Side 2:

  1. It Hurts to be Broken
  2. Let the Wicked Fall
  3. I Wait

I thought something looked familiar about this demo. It turns out that this is the same tape as The Nation with a different band name and cover. Well, the cover is actually mostly the same – seems they just traded out the front photo and spine. The songs are also the same, so this was apparently just a name change. But it’s not like they were trying to hide it as they called the demo Songs of the Nation. It’s still a great tape, even on the second run through it.

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The Nation – The Nation

The Nation
The Nation
1987 (no label)
Austin, Texas, USA

Maury Millican – Guitars, lead vocals
Linda Millican – Keyboards, vocals
Cal Nicholson – Drums, vocals
Kelly Butler – Bass guitar, vocals

Side 1:

  1. Something You Said
  2. The Salesman
  3. All That I Am

Side 2:

  1. It Hurts to be Broken
  2. Let the Wicked Fall
  3. I Wait

This was also another surprise find – The Nation was another band that was featured on the Heaven’s Metal Cool Tunes compilation that seemed lost to time. Now if someone could just dig up those Paul Q-Pek solo demos, we could know about every band that was featured on there. Speak of Paul, he does make a guest appearance on this demo, doing background vocals on the opening track. The sound here pretty much matches the track from Cool Tunes: keyboard and guitar-based rock that is not really alternative, not metal, but somewhat heavier than pop rock. However, no other songs are as aggressive as “It Hurts to be Broken” – the first and last tracks are rock, while the other three are ballads. Good ballads, but that may be too many for some. Not sure if there was anything else from this band, as I can’t find anything online about them.