Fat Nancy was formed by Canadian transplant Alex Mitchell in Los Angeles. The band's ironically-titled debut album, Pure American Muscle, Baby, was issued in the summer of 2005 by Perris Records. The album was initially released independently through the band's Hallucinating Gator imprint and was recorded in the spring of 2004.
Circus Of Power singer Alex Mitchell and Billy Tsounis of Fat Nancy had a new project as of 2010 called Captain Zapped. The band’s sound was described as space pop.
FAT NANCY - PURE AMERICAN MUSCLE, BABY - PERRIS
There must be some irony inherent in a Canadian expatriate helming an album called Pure American Muscle, Baby. Then again which band was it that made a hit out of a song called American Woman?
Former Circus Of Power frontman has returned to the wilder public with Fat Nancy on his arms and after going the independent route has assigned the dame to Perris Records. There is a tenuous musical connection between Fat Nancy and Circus Of Power, especially upon listening to the album's opener Dance Little Suzy, but for the most part Fat Nancy hearkens back to the '70s and even the '60s. In fact, the varied stylings of the music is surprising, although to be honest everything here is rock-based. In terms of references, names like AC/DC, Motörhead, Ted Nugent and the latter man's The Amboy Dukes come up. Yes, you read correctly, much of this album is reminiscent of The Amboy Dukes! There is some seriously vintage heavy rock cruising down the California highway on a collision course with acid rock happening here. The guitar jabs are all '60s and '70s based. Just Another mother, however, confirms the band's affinity for Jimi Hendrix and The Doors, while Candy Cane Girl (is every song about a different chick and if so can someone explain the title American Monster?) is a six-minute long reflective and brooding number which serves to diversify the album even more.
Whether there is a market for this type of heavy rock is one matter. Another is the gutsy move by Perris to release the album and the honesty of the Fat Nancys to record it. - Ali "The Metallian"