In 1984 David Nichols co-founded the band The Cannanes, which went on to release recordings on independent labels such as K Records and John Porcellino's label, Spit and a Half. He has also been in the bands Crabstick, Blairmailer, Huon, and Driving Past, and appeared on a single by The Go Team, a band from Olympia, Washington, helmed by Calvin Johnson and Tobi Vail.
He contributed comics and drawings to a number of zines and did much of the artwork for The Cannanes releases, even after he left the band in 1996. In 1997 Nichols published a history of the band The Go-Betweens.
- The Go Betweens, Verse Chorus Press