By Ruby Woodruff VANCOUVER — Named after a mythological African Cat, MNGWA [ming-wah], or “the strange one” is an eight-piece…
Nix Dicksons, the band dubbed “Flaming Lips on a $200 budget,” return from limbo.
Photo: Keith Skrastins
CALGARY — The year was 2008. Tanner Holthe was sleeping on a couch, and Rob Wikstrom walked into the condo and sat down. After a sleepy-eyed Holthe rose from his slumber, the two started chatting, bonding over their love for Wilco. Ultimately, they decided to start an alternative country band that eventually merged roots with rock and pop to joyous effect. Within four years, that band, dubbed The Nix Dicksons, cycled through untold members, released three EPs showcasing their rapidly improving songwriting dubbed The Panda (2009), The Giraffe (2010), and The Red Fox (2011), toured across Canada, and were constantly played on CBC. They were the Marquee Room house band, the “Flaming Lips on a $200 budget” who once did a show with a fully naked drummer. Yup, they are that band, and they were fun as hell.