They are 84 Nash, from Columbus, Ohio. Kevin Elliott, Andy Hampel, and J.P. Herrmann have been together since high school in various small towns around Southwest Miami County. Unknowingly their homemade four-track cassettes developed a following in nearby Dayton, winning the ear of other Dayton bands, such as Swearing at Motorists, Brainiac, and Guided By Voices – whose leader, Robert Pollard, made 84 Nash’s first proper LP; The Kings of Yeah (1998). It was the first non-GBV release on Rockathon Records. These static-rock soundings were a snapshot of things to come, full of agitated, youthful energy jumping head-first out of the gates. They were let loose upon the world of pop music.
Shortly thereafter 84 Nash moved east towards university and the fertile rock landscape of Columbus. Rockathon then released the stellar second record, Band for Hire (2000), to wild acclaim – among the core fanbase of maybe 50 kids in town. However a few things were different this time out. The bursts of frenetic noise became more fully realized songs. Anthems were soon crafted by our action pop superheroes, colored in all shades of melody and sharp hooks. The rock simply rocked more, while the pop became the signature that separated 84 Nash from the rest. This was obvious to the growing legion that had begun witnessing the band evolve at any one of their frantic, sweat and dance soaked live shows. Attendance became mandatory, obsessive almost, to the throng who came to sing-along, jump-along with the best band in town.
Around this time, current drummer James Brent joined the group, solidifying the already potent lineup into the “something more” that they’ve always hoped to become. Mini-tours, a couple singles, some compilation appearances and a mass of songwriting ensued as the band honed their excitement into their finest material to date, A Secret Reward (2003). Full of lush, sonic splendors captured in the band’s hideout and studio, The Center of Japanese Helium, the new record has the over-the-top intensity of arena rock with the integrity and authenticity of being played in a basement – producing hit after unheard hit. Later in 2003, the band will finally unveil their 40 song opus, Hard Songs, and re-release a pair of 28 song cassettes made by the band during their high school years.