Fans of metallic bands such as Children Of Bodom, Scar Symmetry, and Darkest Hour are sure to find a brand new entity to bang your head to when encountering the heavy anthems of the mighty NightShade. Although they are from France (with an American singer in tow), NightShade is on tour here in the States now, joining forces with Hester Prynne on a cross country trek that concludes in Twin Falls, Idaho on June 28th! The band has just unleashed a monster of a CD entitled Lost In Motion on Bullet Tooth Records! While here in the States, we caught up with one of the NightShade members to find out more about this fantastic new collective…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in NightShade, and how long the band has been together.
Bastien Deleule, I am the founding member. I play guitar and do backup vocals. The band was formed originally in 2006 but became a serious project in 2009.
Where is the band based out of in France and what is your music scene like there?
Brest, France is where we are from. Brest doesn’t have much of a metal scene, which is why we travel to the US to tour.
With your vocalist Wayne Hudspath being from Ohio, how did he wind up in France and how easy or difficult was it to find like minded individuals and form a band?
In 2010 I found Wayne Hudspath on YouTube. He had already gained recognition for his videos posted there. It was pretty difficult at first to find players who thought as I did about music, that is why I chose mostly American musicians. The talent pool here in the States is a little bigger than where I am from, and the guys here are very determined to succeed.
Was Wayne is any bands in Ohio and if so, who were they and what was the music like?
Serress Prophecy and they were sort of Viking, epic metal.
Is there any story or concept behind the CD title Lost In Motion?
Lost in Motion is about oppression and trying to overcome it. Pretty much, it is a call to fight for your dreams even if others hold you back or bring you down.
Where do you get your ideas for some of the song lyrics? Please cite two songs from Lost In Motion and what inspired you to write the lyrics.
The ideas just come from life, and the need to make it, and have success in all parts of life.
“A Dream A Choice A War” is about never giving up and persevering in the face of adversity. It sums up the whole mood of the album.
“Foxhound” is ultimately the end of the story. It is about realizing your hopes and your dreams. Much like a foxhound searches for the kill, we go through each day looking to achieve a particular goal. We are all looking for the fox, so to speak.
Has NightShade ever played in the States area or plan to do so in the future?
Yes, we came and toured the states in 2010. It was fun but we did not get the chance to fully give people an idea of what we are all about. We are back, and are on tour in the U.S. RIGHT NOW!!!!!
How did you wind up being signed to Bullet Tooth Records?
Josh Grabelle was the brains behind Trustkill when they were in their prime. He kicked off Bullet Tooth to give newer bands a chance at the industry. I guess we fit what he was looking for. He has been great and we are very happy to have a label like Bullet Tooth behind us.
What could one expect from a live NightShade show?
One could expect a live presence that delivers a crushing blow. You can also expect some twists thrown in here and there so the songs hit a little harder live. We are all about having fun and if we must leave our comfort zone to have fun, then you can expect that we will.
Who did the cool artwork and how much input did you have on it?
Pär Olofsson (The Faceless) did the artwork. We gave him an idea of what the album was about and he ran with it. It came out great!
What was the experience like recording at Studio Fredman and who did you work with?
It was a really interesting experience. We finally got to see what it was like to record with industry professionals such as Fredrik Nordstrom, Henrik Udd & Andy Hayball. It was a little intense because you have to be so precise when tracking your parts, but it is really fun to hear the final recording and see all your hard work pay off.
What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most after hearing your music for the very first time?
Just to remember that the music is all about them and was written for them. Hopefully they all find something in the songs that they can connect to and just have a killer time listening to.
Any final words of wisdom?
Take all the chances you can while you still have the energy, and do not be afraid to fail. No matter what happens you will always learn from the experience. As for words of wisdom for younger bands, always talk to OTHER BANDS and network. You can be the best band in the world but if everyone thinks you suck as people you will not get anywhere. Do not get a big head about yourself or the music and just have fun and make many friends along the way!
Thanks again and please check out our new album “Lost In Motion” on Bullet Tooth!
Wayne Hudspath : Vocals
Bastien Deleule : Guitar / Clean Vocals
Paul Fuzinski : Guitar
Jason Mitchell : Bass
Will Clark : Drums
Catch NightShade with Hester Prynne on June 14 at Cobalt Cafe in Canoga Park, CA!
(Interview by Kenneth Morton)
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