Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Ways of Making You Talk”?
We released Ways of Making You Talk on November 8th and the response has been incredible. The music video is a spy film that ticks about every James Bond cliche you could think of in just over 10 minutes. We headlined Cardiff’s Clwb Ifor Bach on the same night to a packed-our room and it was probably the coolest show we’ve ever played. We’re so excited to see everyone enjoying the music video, it was a good six months of work and to have it finally out in the wild is an incredible feeling.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
The lyrics of Ways of Making You Talk touch on a reluctancy to open up about personal issues and feelings, and how closing off and bottling those emotions can be a really negative thing.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
We’ve been through the process before with our previous video Under the Radar, but we knew this one had to be bigger and better, so we really tried to pull out all the stops. We shot a car chase, there are drone shots, we had the run of an entire manor house for a day, there are twists and turns…you name it, this video probably has it.
How was the recording and writing process?
The way we write songs has always followed a regular process, with someone coming up with an initial idea and then the rest of us collectively building the rest of the song from there. Taf and Arwel came up with the initial electronic ideas for this track, and then Ryan came along and added the heavier moments to complement what they had written.
What role does South Wales play in your music?
South Wales, being the place where we all grew up, is very important to us. We have grown up surrounded by enriching Welsh musical culture, with bands such as Bullet for my Valentine, Funeral for a Friend, Skindred, and The Blackout that have come from South Wales and inspired us massively to take that leap and follow in their footsteps.
How has Nine Inch Nails and My Chemical Romance influenced your writing?
My Chemical Romance were one of the first bands I ever engaged with, and I’ve always been captivated by their theatrics. Although our music sounds nothing like MCR, this theatrical style is something that we have tried to capture in our music, music videos and live shows. As for Nine Inch Nails, their industrial, gritty electronic style and the way they blend this with the use of guitars and live drums is a huge influence on the way we try to blur the lines between the genres of music we play.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
We are currently planning out single three, but also discussing what we are going to do with the other ideas we are sitting on. We think there will be something more substantial than a single being released in the near future, but we’ll have to wait and see!
Any tentative release date or Titles in mind?
Nothing that we can share yet, but keep your eyes peeled!
Any plans to hit the road?
Nothing concrete, but we’re currently chatting about our plans for the new year.
What else is happening next in NIGHTLIVES’ world?
We’re currently writing the screenplay for our next cinematic installation. We’re planning on expanding the NCU (“Nightlives Cinematic Universe”), so we’re getting our plans in place for that as well as working on new music and making our live show as spectacular as possible.