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Who the Hell is Nellie Bly?
Mike Flanagan and Missy Gibson, who met through their mutual association with the notorious Detroiter Frank Pahl, of Only A Mother fame, have been working together for many years, writing songs for their bands Breech (full band) and Nellie Bly (Trio/duo) as well as for other projects.
Gibson is a Detroit native who moved to L.A. and signed a publishing deal with EMI shortly thereafter. Her performances back in Detroit earned her the Metro Times notice as "the best unsigned singer/songwriter in the country." Gibson had released two independent cds with her main band, Breech, in 1999 and 2000. Flanagan joined Breech around that time, and in 2002 the two released both the first full-length Breech cd (APRON STRINGS, which won DIY Album of the Year in 2003) and the debut Nellie Bly cd. Songs from Apron Strings were featured in several not-so-huge television shows. 2002 also saw the release of POP MURDER LOVE LOST, a cd ep from a Gibson side project with songwriter/guitarist Michael Denvir called Fuzzy Star, which was named one of LA's top unsigned bands by Music Connection magazine. Breech's 2007 cd TARNISH AND UNDRESS was named one of the best of 2007 by indie-music.com, and received airplay on LA's KCRW.
In the fall of 2004, the duo released the more acoustic and Americana-leaning IN THIS LIGHT cd ep, currently available at shows and on-line. They also began working with drummer Karen Morelock, and more recently with the innovative Greg Berella.
Prior to meeting Gibson, Flanagan performed and wrote with L.A./Oakland-based band Giant Ant Farm as well as fronting alt-rock band Willoughby, where his songs appeared in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" as well in several independent films. He co-wrote many songs and played w/ Lisa Marr in The Lisa Marr Experiment, releasing two albums on Sympathy for the Record Industry, and has more recently been playing in the amazing Quazar and the Bamboozled and family folk band the Hollow Trees, among other projects.
Nellie Bly has plans to begin recording a new and long overdue CD this fall (2014), and Gibson and Flanagan have written the music/lyrics for a musical "The Next Big Thing" that enjoyed a critically-acclaimed (Los Angeles Times Critics Pick, etc.) run in summer 2008.
Perhaps the quieter, more hummable side of Breech, challenging yet highly listenable, Nellie Bly's songs bulge with a kind of unvarnished brilliance that in the past has garnered rave reviews in the Los Angeles Times, the Detroit Metro Times, LA Weekly as well as others. The OC Weekly describes Nellie Bly as ". . . avenging-angel music for the jilted lover or the wronged artiste. . . it's snappy songwriting craft doused with a Tom Waits weirdness." We liked what a fan recently called the band, ". . . creepy and elegant."
Yes, Nellie Bly was a real person. In fact, you can visit a mosaic of her favorite hat at the 23rd St R Train stop in NYC! Or you can just enjoy the picture here! (Thanx to J.G.) You can also check out the NELLIE BLY upside down house.