Nana Grizol first came to my attention by their loose association with the Elephant 6 Recording Company, the Georgia collective that spawned Neutral Milk Hotel, Beulah, The Olivia Tremor Control and others of the oddball psychedelic like. The band’s sound mines the ramshackle charm, irresistible hooks and prominent horn sections that characterized various E6 projects, but songwriter Theo Hilton takes the styles in more personal and political directions. That approach is particularly pronounced on last year’s Ursa Minor, which offers earworm melodies aplenty while addressing immigration detention centers, the water crisis and other contemporary concerns.
Ursa Minor was the band’s first LP in 7 years, and Tuesday a rare chance to catch them in Boston. The cozy Midway was predictably packed, and both the set and the audience response were passionate and heartfelt.