Every Monday we will be bringing you an unsigned singer or band as part of our Independent Music Monday feature. This week, we caught up with Nightjar find out more about them...
Who is in the band, how did you meet, where are you from and how did you come up with the band name?
This is Nightjar. The band consists of vocalist/bassist Alex Read, guitarist Luke Page and drummer Luc Pomfret. Alex and Luke have known each other from the age of 7. Luke and Luc got to know each other later through art class at school. Eventually, they started making music together in late 2017. In terms of their name, as well as being an elusive songbird, Nightjar also evokes the late hours and mysterious nature around their music. They settled on this name after weeks of searching and finally stumbling upon it in the index of a nature book.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Luc and Luke have been into the heavier side of music from a young age listening to bands like Guns ‘n’ Roses, Metallica and Paramore with Alex liking more art based bands like Gorillaz along with show tunes and songs from games. This sort of music still inspires them today, however, their tastes are forever broadening as is what inspires them to write.
How would you describe your sound?
Their sound is a mixture of different elements. The instrumentation can be raw and heavy in points but also calmer and groove-based when needed. The vocals over this contrast beautifully sung melodies with lyrics focusing on the darker side of life. Nightjar has been described as a mixture of rock, grunge and goth but honestly, it's hard to generalise as their female-fronted element makes them different from most rock bands.
What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
Their most recent single was the song Shatterclaw. The song is about one of the many characters Alex creates. It is a hard-hitting yet catchy song with imagery of bloodied battlefields and instrumentation that will get you pumped!
The band also released a music video with this song where we see them playing at the top of Whiteleaf Cross in the Buckinghamshire countryside which is a destination close to them with stunning views.
What’s your local music scene like?
Nightjar love their local scene and very much enjoy being a part of it! The area is full of many different acts who all support each other and know one another and their fans.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
The next 12 months will be very busy for Nightjar! They are planning another release over the summer which will be accompanied by many shows and festivals including the prestigious Penn Fest where they'll be playing on the main stage alongside acts such as the Kaiser Chiefs and Feeder.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
There are many people they'd love to collaborate with - being mainly just bands and artists they feel inspired by.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
Nightjar always try and put out different performances each time they play and one occasion guitarist Luke tried to play a section of a song on top of his amp and ended up hitting his head on a light and not so gracefully jumping off the amp again!
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about your band?
One thing to take away from the band is that there are no illusions about them. Their music is pure and honest and they have and will continue to work extremely hard to create something special.