Nightlives – Interview

UK electro punks NIGHTLIVES ( )continue their rise with the release of their explosive and all-consuming new single, Ways Of Making You Talk – , out now. We spoke with the band to find out more about them:


What is the full band line-up, who sings and who plays which instrument?

Vocals/Electronics – Taf Richards; Guitar – Ryan James; Bass – Arwel Brown; Drums – Caleb Priday-Jeremiah,


How and when did the band form?

The band formed a few years ago in Cardiff off the back of some of our previous bands calling it quits. Ryan and Taf decided to start writing some music together to see where it would lead, and very soon an early version of Nightlives was born.


When and how did the band really start gelling and solidifying?

The current lineup wasn’t complete until bassist Arwel Brown came on board. He’s a long time friend of ours, and after losing a previous bassist, followed by a drunken conversation with Arwel at Download festival, we sealed the deal and have been playing together ever since.


Who are your musical influences?

We have an enormous range of influences, from Rage Against The Machine to Don Broco. We use a lot of electronic parts in our music, drawing influence from the EDM and Drum n Bass scenes, as well as bands like Nine Inch Nails, while Ryan’s guitar influence ranges from Mark Holcomb of Periphery to Matt Bellamy of Muse. On top of that, there’s an element of theatrics to our music that draws from the era of My Chemical Romance. It’s quite a mix!


Where did the name of the band come from?

We’re fiends for staying up late, and you can often find us watching bad Horror Movies on Netflix at 4am. Hence, Nightlives.


Where have you played or toured?

We’ve currently only played within the UK, frequenting South Wales and occasionally heading further afield to live music spots around England. We’ve had the pleasure of sharing the stage with our friends Holding Absence and Dream State, as well as Loathe and VUKOVI.


In your opinion, how is your band different from all the other bands out there?

We’re loud, bold, and entirely unafraid to create what we want. Our last music video, ‘Under The Radar’ is an entire 80’s slasher movie packed into 6 minutes and 18 seconds, and we’ve pushed our limits even further with our new video, ‘Ways of Making You Talk’. Our live shows are a party, with plenty of theatrics thrown in. We’re extra as f**k, and we own it.


If a deaf person were to ask you to describe the sound of your music, how would you describe it?

Our music is anything but middle-of-the-road. It’s loud and hard-hitting, blending huge guitar riffs and grooves with electronics, sometimes gritty and industrial, sometimes reminiscent of a glowstick-fuelled rave, and sometimes a nostalgia trip to the ‘80s. All that, accompanied by a tight rhythm section and angsty, rapped vocals makes Nightlives music what it is.


Do you have a tour on the horizon?

We’re hoping to get our-and-about int he UK very soon. Keep your eyes peeled.


Where can we find your social media sites?

You can find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as NGHTLVS, without the vowels.

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