Nightbox are an Irish band from Wicklow, based out of Toronto who released their debut EP on the uber-cool Kitsuné records earlier this year. Later this month, they will play their first ever Irish shows on August 30th at The Academy 2, Dublin and August 31st at The Stiff Kitten, Belfast.
Who are you and where are you from?
We’re Nightbox. We’re from Greystones. And Canada. And California. We’re a melting pot.
Who are your favourite artists from home?
Very tough to talk about favorite Irish artists without referencing the ubiquitous- U2, the Cranberries, Van Morrison, etc.- the ‘big hitters,’ as it were! I would submit that the first half of The Joshua Tree is some of the most powerful, emotive rock music in the popular Western canon. But in terms of something a bit more contemporary, or a bit less predictable…well, ShitRobot from DFA records is good, he’s an expat I believe. Also on the dance side of things, Donnacha Costello. Two Door Cinema Club are a band we get compared to, which is very flattering. I got to see them at Coachella this year and I was stunned at the reception they received. They probably got the most love of any act I saw that weekend, and Los Angeles is a long way from County Down! We went to school with one of the lads in Solar Bears, and I’ve been listening to them with interest. It’s good stuff.
What’s it really like touring?
We’ll let you know when we go on our first proper tour! That’s coming up at the end of the month. Up to this point we’ve only played Toronto and its surrounds. Nothing more than a night or two away from home, so there’s great excitement- and a hint of trepidation- at the prospect of a couple weeks on the road.
What’s your favourite city/town/venue to play?
Adopted hometown Toronto has a great scene. So many good bands, so many good venues, and the city is chockablock full of music lovers. We’ve had some epic gigs in the past year and a half. Favorite venue there? It’s a toss up between some of the higher profile clubs like Wrongbar, and some of the smaller, off-the-beaten-path spots like Rancho Relaxo.
Sweaty club gig versus festival appearance?
Sweaty club, hands down. Blood sweat and tears! mad-out-of-its licking the ceiling! A decent monitor mix, please!
What’s your ideal festival line-up?
Couple of the acts at Electric Picnic this year could feature; Caribou, Trentemoller, Flying Lotus. I’ll be front row for all three. Trentemoller’s live act is right up there with the best music I’ve ever experienced. Okay so lineups, we’ll have a ‘guitar stage’ and a ‘dance stage.’
Guitar stage: The Specials, Curtis Mayfield, Fleetwood Mac, The Pixies, Joy Division, LCD Soundsystem, The Smiths, Stone Roses, And Screw It, Led Zeppelin and The Beatles. Sure why not?
Dance stage: Dr. Lektroluv, Flying Lotus, Portishead, Kraftwerk, Caribou, Trentemoller, Mount Kimbie, Booka Shade, Steve Bug, Mylo, Four Tet, Kavinsky, Boys Noize, James Zabiela…Daft Punk festival headliners. Where can I buy tickets?
What are you reading?
Just finished All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy. Awesome. Books about illicit trips to Mexico are basically awesome by default. I read somewhere a few days ago that ever since the days of On the Road, Mexico’s main literary function has been the representation of America’s id. I suppose this only holds true in American literature.
How about TV, anything good on the box?
Tour de France. After this summer I empathize with some of Kraftwerk’s stranger career moves. Televised cycling is addictive!
What is your favourite record of all time? First answer please.
Rumours. Doolittle. Discovery. Shit.
Who is your favourite current artist?
After listening to the Rubberbandits stick it to the commentariat on Joe Duffy they’d have to be in the running. Willie O’Dea also makes a reasonable case for consideration as my favorite current politician in this segment.
What should we expect from your Irish shows?
Guest appearances from Arthur Digby Sellers, Keyser Soze, and the surviving members of the Light Brigade.