Nick Anderson & The Skinny Lovers
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Nick Anderson & The Skinny Lovers

Eau Claire, Wisconsin, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2015 | SELF

Eau Claire, Wisconsin, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2015
Band Alternative Rock




"See these emerging artists at Summerfest before they blow up"

Along with Summerfest and Shepherd Express, 88Nine is putting on the Emerging Artists Series at the Johnson Controls World Sound Stage during the Big Gig to highlight the hottest up-and-coming talent each evening of the festival.

Not to brag, but we know what’s up. Many of the artists in past series have gone on to become nationally and internationally known, including Walk The Moon, Nathaniel Rateliff, Maren Morris, X Ambassadors, BØRNS, The Record Company and many others.

So, don’t miss these shows if you want to be able to say, “I saw them before they were cool.” - 88nine Radio

"Best Rock Band That Isn't Bon Iver"

We all love Justin Vernon, but Bon Iver isn’t the only talented band from the Chippewa Valley. Nick Anderson & The Skinny Lovers are the Valley’s choice for favorite rock band this year, and it’s clear why: From the lead singer’s crazy-good vocals to the members’ clear passion for music, this band is destined to go far. Locals will be sad to hear that second-place winner (and two-time champ), Jim Pullman Band, just played its last show together as a full band. Finally, Idle Empress is another favorite, likely because of the lead singer Lauren Anderson’s beautiful lyrics and mesmerizing performances. — Natalie Rosenkranz - Volume One

"Triple Play"

If you’ve been paying attention to the music scene around Eau Claire, chances are you’ve heard of Nick Anderson and the Skinny Lovers. The power trio rose from the ashes of local rock act Granite Rose three years ago and have been gracing the area with their blend of alternative/indie rock ever since. The group finished production this year on its first album, Ephrem, and it’s now out for the masses.

The group is fronted by singer/songwriter Nick Anderson on guitar, with Ian McAlister on drums and Jeff Durow Jr. on bass, and together they bring a chemistry to their music. The three have played all over the country, including appearances at big summer festivals. “We put on a show, not just play music. We’re an entertainment band,” Anderson said.

When they weren’t on the road, they were in the studio crafting each track of their catalogue with fine detail. Ephrem has been three years in the making, made up of the band’s first two EPs with the last segment being the final piece of the album. The result is nine songs that the band takes a lot of pride in.

The album starts off with upbeat tracks “Alone in Brooklyn” and “The Moon You See.” The songs rope you in with a rock undertone topped with bluesy guitar and Nick’s soulful vocals. The group shows off their stylistic range as they work into the next three songs: “Longing,” “Roads,” and “24,” which slow down with strong rhythms and lush backing vocals.

The final segment of the album picks back up with the track “King and Queen,” which will undoubtedly have you bobbing your head. The track echoes of sounds from the mid-2000s indie rock wave and you can hear how much fun the band is having.

The band said they’ve received a lot of support from fans, which they plan to carry into the new year. Current plans include going back into the studio in January, and then hitting the road in February for another tour. They don’t plan on staying still for too long as they hope to get back on the festival circuit next summer.

Ephrem is out now and can be found at Revival Records, Pedals Plus, and the Local Store. Listeners can purchase physical and digital copies online at as well as most streaming platforms, including iTunes and Spotify. - Volume One

"Listen Up: Nick Anderson and The Skinny Lovers to release three-part album"

This week: Local musician Nick Anderson. His band Nick Anderson and the Skinny Lovers is releasing its album “Ephrem” at 9:30 p.m. Friday at the Mousetrap, 311 S. Barstow St.

How would you describe “Ephrem”?

It is a three-part album that goes over the last three years of our lives kind of growing up in our 20s and having big dreams.

Why did you decide to have three parts?

We had a few songs to start and we wanted to get some music out into the world right away.

From there it turned into this thing where each part of “Ephrem” was a different idea and a different feel as we had gone through the transformative part of our 20s. The first part is right out of college, first job; the second part is in your job and starting to figure out being an adult; and the next one was where do we go from there?

Has any of the music already been released?

Two of the parts were released on their own and then part three no one has heard yet.

We’re releasing part three with the other two as a full album, but we completely remixed and remastered all of the songs so they’ll sound a little different than how people might have heard them previously.

How did this album grow or change your relationship with your bandmates (Ian McAlister and Jeff Durow Jr.)?

I would say it made us all grow as people. We settled in to who we wanted to be or who we strive to be as we went through this album. It was really cool to see those guys come out of their shells as performers, I came out of my shell and we all started to figure out who we wanted to be.

I think you can hear that over the three parts. As you get closer to the end you can see we started to figure out who we wanted to be as a band and what we wanted to say.

What goals did you have going in?

When we first started the album, I just wanted to write music, put it out and keep playing. It was right after the end of my old band so I just wanted to start a new project.

But the second part we started getting super creative, and our goals were just to make a really good couple of songs. We worked really hard on those, and those were the ones that ended up getting licensed to MTV, Netflix and Discovery.

In the third part, our goal was to write songs that were going to be catchy and that people would relate with. Also trying to write songs that were fun and a little bit more upbeat because a lot of our songs to that point were more relaxed and ambient.

What do you think of end result?

We are super pumped about how the album actually sounds. We worked with Justin Anderson and Justin Green and a few different studios in Eau Claire.

It’s definitely the best sounding record any of us have done, and the best songs we’ve ever done, especially this new part. We are finally finding our stride as a songwriting group and figuring out what Nick Anderson and the Skinny Lovers should sound like.

How do you hope people respond?

I hope people connect with it somehow, whether it be the way I meant it when I wrote it or if it means something for their own lives. The whole reason I and the other guys in the band do music is to connect with people and have them feel something.

What will the release show consist of?

We have a band from the cites called The Shackletons coming — a band we’ve become good friends with.

They’re going to end the night, and the Over Unders is going to open the show.

We’re going to be playing the entirety of the new album, which we haven’t ever done before and we’re also going to play some new songs, which will be cool.

As far as the production value of the show, we have some more lights and fun type of things on stage for people to watch so it’ll be more of a show than people have seen before.

We’re trying to make it the best show of the year. We’ll have our albums available there as well as other merchandise.

We dedicated the whole album to Scott Glenz. He passed away two weeks ago, but he was a big fan, and is the dad of our bass player’s girlfriend. He’s played with us several times.

We have a remembrance to him inside our album booklets and we’ll do a toast to him that night.

— Katy Macek - Leader Telegram


Ephrem Pt. 1 - 2015
Ephrem Pt. 2 - 2016
Ephrem Pt. 3 - 2018
Ephrem - 2018
Dance, Dance (Single) - 2019
Vitamin C (Single) - 2019



Life is hard, and sometimes we just need to take a breath and have a little fun.  This is the mantra that Nick Anderson & The Skinny Lovers take to explain the experience of their band.

At the age of 17, Nick Anderson went through personal hardship that solidified his career in music.  Unable to comprehend what was happening to him, he heard a song on the radio that explained exactly how he was feeling.  It was this song, that made him realize the true power of music.

Nick Anderson, now 25, writes emotional lyrics that dig into the struggle and the fun of the human condition.  
After the release of their first two EPs, Ephrem Pt. 1 & 2, Nick Anderson & The Skinny Lovers (NASL) partnered with Tinderbox Music in Minneapolis, MN.  Their first radio promo landed them a number 1 chart position in Florida, and a number 8 position in North Carolina.

With the newly found radio audience, these songs and their deep emotional context made them a perfect fit for TV Networks like MTV, E!TV, NETFLIX.  These networks, along with 10+ more, have licensed the ENTIRE NASL catalog.  
These licenses opened many doors and ears of industry professionals.  Phil Ehart of KANSAS even called NASL's song 24 'The Anthem of a Generation.' and the band secured an opening spot with former BoDeans frontman Sam Llanas.  In 2018 NASL hit the road to play Red Gorilla Music Festival in Austin, TX during SXSW.  They sold out prominent live music venue Handlebar.  Later that year, they played Summerfest's Emerging Artist Series which boasts an impressive list of alumni such as WALK THE MOON, Maren Morris, and many more.

Nick Anderson & The Skinny Lovers just released their debut full length album Ephrem (Pts. 1-3) to a sold out hometown crowd and are scheduled to open for country star Jordan Davis this August. As the shows get bigger, and the fans get more attached, this band shows no signs of slowing down.

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