Nightlights: Punk Rockin Illuminations

Based out of Central Florida, Nightlights perform an exhilarating brand of DIY punk rock and roll.   Now signed to Eulogy Recordings, Nightlights has unleashed a dynamic new album entitled So It Goes (produced by Brett Romnes from I Am The Avalanche).  The band has opened for the likes of Rise Against, Flogging Molly, Crime In Stereo and more.

Here is a recent interview with two of the members of Nightlights to discuss their new album, road horror stories, rockstars, and other illuminating topics of interest…

Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Nightlights, and how long the band has been together.
Joe and I play guitar. Matt. I sing and play guitar.

Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?
J– We are technically based out of Daytona Beach, Florida because that’s where we are from and that’s where we formed but as of now we live all over Florida. I am the only one who still resides in Daytona.

M – I moved to Jacksonville a while back and Jake recently moved to Tallahassee with his girlfriend. Alex Lives in Orlando.

J– Check out our best buds in Axis and Von Wolfe. Two great bands for fans of heavy as all hell.

How did you wind up signing with Eulogy Recordings?
J – We have been talking to John since we released our demo in the Fall of 2009. He has been really easy to talk with and he has been very supportive. He wanted to see how things went for us as we matured a bit before putting anything in stone. After our ep was out for a bit, we talked to him about doing the full length. We met up with him on one of our tours and hit it off.

Where did you get the ideas for some of the lyrics on So It Goes? Select two songs in particular and what inspired the lyrics.
M– All of the songs on So It Goes is basically everything I’ve been thinking & feeling for the past few years.  Mainly it’s just a lot of emptiness, confusion, & loneliness. The songs ‘Think they show speed racer here’ & ‘truffle shuffle‘ are two powerful songs that is a general overall topic that discuss & express how I feel about ‘everything around me‘ at some point.

What is a live Nightlights show like for those of us who have yet to see you play?
J– Obviously if its a place where kids know us and sing a long its a lot of fun and a great time. Usually I feel we are very tight on stage and try to play as great as we can. I like to impress people on the level of being really in unison with one another rather than by how many backflips we can pull off while playing.

Have you ever played in the Los Angeles area on plan to do so in the future? If so, how did it go?
J– We were in the area for a bout 2 shows this past January. Shows were good and we met some really awesome people. We plan on coming back that way as soon as possible. Hopefully by the end of the year of the year of beginning of next.

What was it like opening for Rise Against and did you get to hang out with them at all?
J– haha no actually. They were very strict. There was no one allowed backstage while they were back there. Rockstars.

Any tour road horror stories you could share?
J– Yes plenty but our worst to date had to have been the blizzard in January / Feb. It hit Texas while we were there and it took us about 4 days to get out of Texas moving about 10mph. All the roads were completely iced over and I dont think they knew what to do. We saw like 2 salt trucks and 2 plows the entire interstate through. We even had to take shelter at a church because the roads were so bad and everyone abandoned their cars and got hotels.

What was it like working with Brett Romnes, from I Am The Avalanche and how did he become involved with the recording process?
J– Brett was a friend of mine from Daytona. He moved away awhile back and started IATA. I knew he was recording so we had him mix our ep after we recorded it out of a shed. He was real into it and wanted us to come up there for our next record and do all the recording through him. It took about 9 days but it was so much fun. Brett is one of the most fun-to-be-around and genuine persons I have met. He made it a great experience for us and I hope we continue to work with him in the future.

Do you still keep in touch with Chris Catterson and what do you think of his new band So Many Ways?
J– Yes! He is easily the funniest person alive. His band is really good and I hear they are big in Sheboygan. Its actually his old band. When he moved home from Chicago back to Vero Beach, we got a hold of him for Nightlights. We played with So Many Ways while we were in Chicago and when Chris was with us. Not sure what the deal was with why he left them to begin with but when he left us I knew he wanted to move back to Chicago. I figured it would only be a matter of time before he got back with them because of how close they were as friends. He is a great guy and I wish him the best of luck and hope we can do stuff in the future with them.

M– Pizza crust punx…

What’s up next for Nightlights? Any touring coming up?
J– We just got back from our mid-west and east coast run and will be taking it slow til Fest in Gainesville. After that we plan on getting together and start writing a bit for nothing in particular but just to have something if the time comes. Since we all live far away from each other its hard for us to get together when something arises. Holidays are the easiest since everyone is close to home. We have some tours coming up by the end of the year we cant announce yet. Hopefully we can add in some more runs to finish off the year strong.

M– We’ll probably start to write more songs for these next few months.

J– I would love to record a Christmas song!

Any final words of wisdom?
J – wipe, flush…wipe, flush…repeat

M– lights out

(Interview by Kenneth Morton)

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