The Status' ironically titled So This Is Progress reminds me of the halcyon days of pop-punk where bands like SR-71, Riddlin Kids, American Hi-Fi, Sum 41, and Trouble Is all (briefly) took over airwaves. While bands like New Found Glory have made a longtime career...
What's in a name? Well, if you have a great name like, let's say, The Beatles or Fucked Up, it can lead you a place of legend, hearsay, and an always welcome presence on Fox TV. This Time Next Year apes their name from an...
I find that Thrice is one of the few bands that people from across all walks of life can generally agree on. Though the band began their recorded career as a mishmash of tech metal leads and screamo-esque leanings, they have explored the larger spectrum...
The last time REDEFINE checked in with Let Go, they had released their Bleed Americant-esque album on The Militia Group. Now, they're back with the Story Changes and a neat little split EP called Analogies.
I don't know what happened since 2005, but Let Go got...
Into It. Over It's mastermind, Evan Thomas Weiss, is a member of Damiera and played in Up Up Down Down, a band that I consider one of the most underrated power-pop bands of all time. With that in mind, I expected some good songs, but...
Over six years after the Postal Service's debut, the music produced by Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello is still influencing new jacks like Adam Young, who takes the stage name Owl City.
Owl City's been there, done that album, Ocean Eyes, rips several pages off from...
Because of really cheesy (re: terrible) nu-Warped bands like Millionaires and Brokencyde, I long for the days of earnest Midwestern emo. Yes, I wrote the dreaded "E" word, but let's not get it twisted. Before it turned into the kind of ridiculous hyperbolic statement in...
The last time REDEFINE caught up with New York's Nightmare of You, the Long Island quartet had just released their self-titled debut and were on the verge of hitting it big. Alongside tourmates like Fall Out Boy and Gym Class Heroes, Nightmare of You were able to gain a wide variety of fans across the board, appealing to new jacks who discovered pop-punk recently, as well as people who grew up with British-inspired pop music.
August 2009 Interview
Well, not entirely nothing. The band shortly split with East West Records, a subdivision of Warner Brothers operated by Triple Crown Records founder Fred Feldman. They kept their boutique imprint, The Bevonshire Label, and independently released the melodious EP, Bang.
On August 4, 2009, the band's latest album, the tongue-in-cheek-titled Infomaniac, came out, with Nightmare of You on the a full U.S. tour supporting their newest opus.
Unlike its predecessors, which recall the peak days of '80s dance jams, Infomaniac relies heavily on dub-inspired grooves and highlights the group's heavy-on-hooks-and-sarcasm approach to pop music.
"I think the sound is constantly in flux... we're always experimenting with new things, and we have very many influences, so it's kind of hard to commit to one kind of music," says singer and guitarist Brandon Reilly.
Reilly and guitarist Joe McAffrey are the chief songwriters of Nightmare of You, and their audio visions have been able to guide the duo from an idea to a cult favorite.
"I think Joe and I find it a bit boring when you have this equation to how you make records," adds Reilly.
When asked about their songwriting approach for their new album, Reilly and McAffrey explain that they reduced the amount of synths, horns, and electronic effects that were heavy on their debut, which helps the band with their ability to recreate the songs in a live setting without compromising what people would hear through their speakers or headphones.
"That's how we ended up producing the songs," says McAffrey.
"We just kind of go with it, and we don't plan things to be a certain way," says Reilly. "We just see what happens.
Adding to the band's shift in sound is their new rhythm section, comprised of drummer Michael Fleishmann and bassist Brandon Meyer.
Reilly and McAffrey have also positioned The Bevonshire Label to be a fully-run record company for the band's affairs, unlike other bands in the music scene who've been granted their own vanity labels.
"A vanity label is just a logo," says McAffrey. "You have to look at what's behind that. Who are the players on that team who are pushing the product?
"For us, The Bevonshire Label currently just releases Nightmare of You albums. Considering that we're pretty passionate and serious about our music, we do the best job we can... It's very much a learning process."
INTERVIEW CONTINUED BELOW
Along with gaining new members and pushing their records through their own label, the band is regaining the momentum that slowed following their break after the release of Bang.
"We're definitely realizing that we have to work really hard, and we're not in a position to be lazy," explains McAffrey.
"We did a U.S. tour off of the EP as well," adds Reilly. "Just sorting out whether we were going to self release [Infomaniac]. We were talking to a few labels, and we weren't sure of what the plan was yet.
"Ultimately, we decided to it ourselves," he continues. "It takes a lot to fundraise the money."
Getting back to the van, Nightmare of You began a heavy touring schedule midway through 2009 by supporting Saves the Day and Alkaline Trio before heading off on their own marquee tour.
Now with Infomaniac in stores, fans can expect to see a lot more of the band in the coming months.
Part of the current '90s pop-punk revivalist scene, Vancouver, BC's Living with Lions joins the ranks of bands like Fireworks, This Time Next Year, First to Leave and Broadway Calls in recalling the halcyon days of Fat Wreck bands.
Picking up where their Vancity brethren Daggermouth...