Last night, I had the pleasure of interviewing 3/5 of the California alt-rock band Night Riots before their show at the recordBar. Upon arriving at the venue and meeting up with the band, I was taken downstairs to the oh-so-glamourous backstage area, complete with an old couch and graffiti covered cement walls. I sat down with guitarists Matt De Pauw and Nick Fotinakes, and bassist Mikel Van Kranenburg to chat about the band's beginnings, the release of their new EP Howl, and life on the road. Click the soundcloud links to hear the corresponding audio.
Our first topic of discussion was how the band got there start. (Click link below)
The band recently released their EP Howl on Sumerian Records, which they recorded with producer Eric Palmquist (Bad Suns, Mars Volta). The single off the EP, "Contagious," has received some radio play, so I wanted to find out where the band was when they first heard the song on the radio and how they reacted! (Click links below…parts 2 and 3).
The band has been on the road for a few weeks now, and they've had some interesting experiences so far. They played Vegas recently, but wouldn't reveal what happened there because what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, of course. They did, however, have a unique experience here in Kansas City! Click the link below to find out how chicken wings and the news were involved.
Two summers ago, I travelled with the Beautiful Bodies on the Vans Warped Tour and it was both a grueling and amazing experience. Night Riots will be on the entire Vans Warped Tour this summer, so we talked a little bit about what they've heard and what they're expecting on the tour. (Click link below)
We wrapped up our chat discussing tactics for getting people to come see their show. They had some pretty interesting ideas involving frozen treats and undressing. Click the link below to hear more about these ideas and how they turned a Subway employee into a fan!
Later that night, they gave an energetic and crowd-interactive performance in front of a large audience. Prior to the interview and the show, I had been hooked on their Howl EP, and after talking with them and seeing them perform last night, I can confidently say that they are the full package. If you missed the show last night, you'll be able to see them this summer on Warped Tour in Bonner Springs on July 30th at Cricket Wireless Amphitheater.
Howl (which I have been listening to on repeat lately… IT'S SO GOOD) is available on iTunes.
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