We’re catching the new age rock outfit known as Night Argent (Chase Manhattan, Shane Santanna, Evan Taylor, Zac Burrell) at a pretty damn good time – these guys are on the verge of something enormous – something global. And while their self-described brand of Electro-organic Anthemic Rock is plenty alluring, the fact they recognize their live show as the most important part of their job, bodes quite well for the Washington-based four-piece. The band has a fresh sophomore EP out that’s catching fire, a collection titled The Fear. We asked the band about the new music – Manhattan told us:
“This EP has a different kind of energy than the last one, it’s a little more upbeat at times, but also touches on some darker subject matter. We started the writing process with John Feldmann in Los Angeles, and finished out the record in our hometown at our studio. We wanted all of the writing and the final recordings to be connected, and we felt the best way to do that was to have them all tied in some form or another to our roots back home. A lot of who we are as a band, is a result of the influences we grew up with in our hometown.” Click to http://www.
XXQs: Night Argent
PensEyeView.com (PEV): How would you describe your sound and what do you feel makes you stand out from others in your genre?
Chase Manhattan (CM): We describe our sound as Electro-organic Anthemic Rock. I’d say the thing we take the most pride in is our live show. For us, the live performance is the most important part of what we do. It’s our chance to connect with our fans on a personal level. When you’re on stage, you’re sharing that unique moment with every single person in the room, no two shows are ever exactly the same.
PEV: Calling Washington home, what kind of music were you all into growing up? Do you remember your first concert?
CM: We were all into very different kinds of music growing up, from country, to hard rock, to 90’s/00’s pop music. My very first concert was when I was 13 years old, my dad took me to see Neil Young at one of the most beautiful venues in the Pacific Northwest, the Gorge Amphitheatre.
PEV: What was it like trying to break into the music scene in your hometown, when you first started out as a band? What was your first show like together as a band?
CM: Our first show together as a band was in the corner of an Italian restaurant in our hometown called Tony Roma’s. It’s closed since then, but it definitely wasn’t a glamorous gig, but we played our hearts out. The hardest part about playing shows in our hometown was finding a decent venue. It wasn’t like a big city with rock venues and clubs. The places that did cater to rock bands typically didn’t last long, and didn’t have the best stage or sound gear. But we found places to play, and people to play for.
PEV: What can fans expect from a live Night Argent show?
CM: Energy. We may not be your typical rock band, but we put on a rock concert. We do everything we can to bring our fans an experience beyond what they get on the record, something unforgettable.
PEV: What is the first thing that comes to mind when you step on stage?
CM: I’m home. Being on stage feels like second nature to us, and at times it can be euphoric.
PEV: How has playing in Night Argent been different from working with other artists or projects in the past?
CM: Every single one of us sees this as a career. We’re not approaching it like a hobby, or a way to pick up girls. We’re in it because we love music, and we want to make music for the rest of our lives.
CM: Relationships. Whether it’s family, a friend, or a lover, relationships are the bedrock of our songwriting. We all have very drastically different life experiences, but pretty much everyone can relate with the different emotions you go through and experience when it comes to the people that matter to you.
PEV: Thinking back to when you first started out, do you ever look back on your career and think about your earlier days and how you’ve arrived where you are today?
CM: All the time. We take everything we’ve learned along the way and use it to guide our steps forward, both the good and the bad experiences. Seeing our progress along the way helps keep us motivated and moving forward.
PEV: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to hear about the members of Night Argent?
CM: We all went to the same high school but have a 7 year gap in our ages. We play like kids when we’re on the road though.
PEV: What can fans expect from your highly anticipated sophomore EP, The Fear? Tell us about the writing process behind this work.
CM: This EP has a different kind of energy than the last one, it’s a little more upbeat at times, but also touches on some darker subject matter. We started the writing process with John Feldmann in Los Angeles, and finished out the record in our hometown at our studio. We wanted all of the writing and the final recordings to be connected, and we felt the best way to do that was to have them all tied in some form or another to our roots back home. A lot of who we are as a band, is a result of the influences we grew up with in our hometown.
CM: By the time we finish a record, our mind is on the live show. None of us really sit back and listen through the record once it’s finalized. We never want to look at the songs as being “done.” The recording is strictly capturing the songs at that moment in time, but we want the music to continually grow as we play it live, so it never becomes stale or tired. It is sometimes fun to go back and listen to the music after we’ve played it live for a while, to see what’s changed, and what we’re doing different now.
PEV: What would you say is the biggest challenge for musicians trying to make a name for themselves these days?
CM: Breaking through the noise. We as a society are constantly inundated with a constant stream of media that you forget 95% of what you listen to or see on a daily basis, unless you see it repeatedly, or it somehow breaks through the stream of noise and speaks to you on a personal level. That’s why it’s always exciting to meet new fans, and see people singing along with us at shows.
PEV: With all your traveling, is there one area you wish you could travel around and play that you have not yet?
CM: Asia. Or anywhere overseas for that matter. We’ve traveled all over the US, and have loved every minute of it. But we’d love a chance to explore some new countries and experience life outside of America.
PEV: How have all your friends and family reacted to your career? What’s it like when you get to play in your hometown?
CM: They are all extremely supportive of us. Our hometown shows are our favorite, because we get to play for the people that have seen us grow from the beginning. We love playing back home.
PEV: What can we find each of you doing in your spare time, aside from playing/writing music?
CM: We like to stay pretty active. Whether it’s hiking, camping, shooting, long boarding or playing sports, we like to stay moving. It’s some of our favorite times on the road.
PEV: Name one present and past artist or group that would be your dream collaboration. Why?
CM: For me, my dream collaboration would be with Chris Martin of Coldplay. And John Lennon. Both are phenomenal and unique songwriters that have written songs that have touched millions of lives, including my own. It’d be incredible to write a song with either of those geniuses.
PEV: Is there an up and coming band or artist you think we should all be looking out for now?
CM: Jaymes Young. He’s an artist we’ve listened to for a few years now, and he’s releasing a new record. His music is beautiful.
PEV: If playing music wasn’t your life (or life’s goal), what do you think each of you would be doing for a career?
CM: I don’t think any of us want to think about that, we’re all still working hard on making music stick as our career, and doing everything we can to make it a reality. We’d all find some way to be around music every day, it’s what we live for.
PEV: So, what is next for Night Argent?
CM: Hitting the road. We can’t wait to get out and tour, and share this new record with all of our current and future fans.
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