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INTERVIEW: Night House

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hey Vents! Yeah, we’ve been pretty good thanks. We’ve just been watching back the final edit of a live the studio session we filmed last week. 

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Blackout”?

Blackout has always been one of our favourites to play live. I wrote it just before a European tour and we basically workshopped the song live on stage every night of the tour. When we got home we had a completely different beast of a song! 

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

I used to work at a music venue & bar in Brighton, I started writing Blackout about a particularly intense after-hours lock in that went quickly downhill. The song deals with themes of toxic masculinity and jealousy, a pretty nasty combo if you ask me. 

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Instead of making a straightforward music video for Blackout we’re releasing a beautiful shot live in studio performance. We’re super proud of how we do this track live, given that it’s origins came from touring it’s fitting that we release a live video for it.  

The single comes off your new album Everyone Is Watching From Afar – what’s the story behind the title?

The title track “Everyone Is Watching From Afar” dwells on the idea of our societies expectations on your life, get a steady job, get a house, get married, have a family… personally I’ve never done things in the “right” way and at the time of writing the song I was feeling pretty stressed out from the pressure to fit in… whatever that is.  Once we’d finished the album it just felt like the perfect fit for all the tracks. There’s lots of songs about family and friends on the record, somehow Everyone Is Watching From Afar seemed to sum it up perfectly. 

How was the recording and writing process?

Blackout was probably one of the most fun tracks to record. For this song it was important to me that the music mirrored the lyrics, halfway through the we bring in this club style, four on the floor kick drum, which references the late-night hazy lyrics. From there on we experimented with loads of different electronic synth and guitar ideas, chopping them up, distorting them and reworking them in pro tools. We wanted to keep our orchestral folk style but mix it with a “club” vibe and a krautrock style… well that was the idea anyway! 

Our mix engineer Dan Brown’s computer had to be replaced after his first attempt at mixing it, we’d sent it too many tracks and it couldn’t cope (sorry Dan). 

What role does Brighton play in your music?

Not only is Brighton a great place to live but it is home to so many incredible musicians. When we were recording the album we borrowed the talents of our friends with live drums from James Purvis (Bledig), violin from Andrew Stuart-Buttle (Lucy Rose) and acclaimed songwriter Ellie Ford added harp and lead vocals to our song “The Roots in The Wires”. 

How has James Blake and Bjork influenced your writing?

When I was growing up there was a period where I would only listen to Bjork and Radiohead, nothing else came close. The way that Bjork approaches arrangements is breath-taking, I love that her music is genre less, it just sounds like Bjork. On homogenic she mixes lush orchestral sounds with dirty electronic beats, I’d actually never thought about it’s influence on me before this question but it definitely had a profound impact. 

I actually hadn’t been a massive James Blake fan until he released his third album “The Colour In Anything”, which was a revelation to me. I was blown away by how minimal it was, yet at the same time utterly absorbing, powerful and moving. I’ve since gone back and fallen for his first two records. 

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Most of my songs are drawn from personal experience or from the lives of my friends. Although recently I wrote a song about the characters from novel I just finished called “A home at the end of the world”.  It was a freeing process writing in a different way. 

Any plans to hit the road?

Our album launch tour starts this month and finishes with a special hometown launch show at St Nicholas Church Brighton on the 27th of March. After that we’re planning to be pretty much on the road for most of the summer and we’ve nearly finished booking our winter EU tour.

26.02 – The Harrison – London – UK
05.03 Fachschule für Keramik – Koblenz – DE
06.03 Salon Schmitt – Kaiserslautern – DE
07.03 Transfer Bar / Club – Erlangen – DE
08.03 Zaman Café . مَقهَى زَمـَــانْ – Chemnitz – DE
09.03 Neue Republik Reger – Berlin – DE
10.03 Tonfink – Kulturcafé & Bar – Lubeck – DE
11.03 In the Woods – Aumuhle – DE
12.03 MALA Leipzig – Leipzig DE
13.03 House Concert – Radebeul – DE
14.03 Kultur Bar Impuls – Weingarten – Weingarten – DE
15.03 Kulturcafe Lichtung – Cologne – DE
27.03 Night House – Album Launch Show ‘Everyone Is Watching From Afar’
Album Launch Show – St Nicholas’ Church, Brighton – Brighton – UK

What else is happening next in Night House’s world?

It’s a pretty hectic time of year now! Our next single ‘Bloodlines’ is out on the 28th of February. Then we head off to Europe on tour for two weeks, and when we get back our album “Everyone Is Watching From Afar” comes out on the 27th of March! Also at some point we’ll be releasing a set of live videos and a live record. 

Watch ‘Blackout’ video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F18UWJNj3cQ&feature=youtu.be

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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