Band of the Day: Nightlives

Finding their way out of the valleys and coal mines, while carefully dodging any mention of sheep, here is today’s BotD…

Simple things first – where are you guys from?

Taf: We’re from in and around Cardiff in South Wales.

How did you meet?

Taf: We’re all Cardiff Music Scene veterans, and we’ve all played in a number of different bands throughout the years.

How long have you been playing as a band?

Taf: Officially, the band began in 2016, but we really hit our stride in 2018 when we released our single, Under The Radar, with a horror-movie as a music video.

Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?

Arwel: It hasn’t really got a deep meaning to be honest, just sounds class. If you want though, before we had stable jobs we used to stay up mad late.

What are your influences?

Ryan: We have a wide range of influences from the likes of bands such as Rage Against the Machine, Pendulum, Don Broco, just to name a few!

Describe your music. What makes you unique?

Ryan: We try to avoid sticking to the boundaries of one genre. If we think something sounds cool, then we will do everything we can to make it work in our music.

Do you have any particular lyrical themes?

Taf: When I write our lyrics, I tend to just write about issues or circumstances that I feel like shouting about on stage. We have songs with political leanings, and some that are more personal. Something I really love though is narrative songwriting, and I’m sure that’s something you’ll see from our lyrics in the future.

What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?

Taf: In short, our live show is wild.

Caleb: It’s very dramatic with lots of theatrics as well.

What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?

Ryan: Turned up on time.

What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?

Ryan: I use a custom telecaster built by my girlfriend’s dad as my main guitar, as well as Ibanez. I chuck both of these through a Kemper profiler. Caleb uses Pork Pie Custom and Mapex drums, Zildjian cymbals. Taf uses a range of stuff for electronics, including Novation, Korg and a whole load of software synths. Arwel uses Ibanez and Fender basses.

What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?

Ryan: Our brand new music video for our new single “Ways of Making You Talk” dropped on the 8th November. It’s taken months and months of work. We’ve made an action spy thriller and turned it into a music video.

What are your plans for rest of 2019?

Press on as we have; we have material coming out of the woodwork lately, more songs, more shows, more crazy 10 minute music videos.

If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before!

We’d absolutely love to support Don Broco, who are absolute heroes in the world of making music that you love and not caring too much about genres and the cliches or tags that come with them. Personally I’d love to see one of our friends’ bands opening for us, probably Winchester or Glass Heart, who both supported us at our Single Launch gig in Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff.

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