Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ Night Engine

Night EngineIt’s incredible what you can find through Twitter. With one simple band giving a shoutout to another, you can cross paths with extreme talent. This is how we discovered Night Engine, and we’re very glad we did! We’ve become fans of the band’s impeccable song-writing and addictive rhythms. AMBY spoke with Night Engine about funny gig moments, a pet German Giant rabbit, and festivals! So what are you waiting for? Have a read!

AMBY: Hello Night Engine, what’s the band been up to lately?

Night Engine: At the start of the year we toured with Kaiser Chiefs and the Joy Formidable on their UK tours and then headlined a sold out Borderline show back in London. We then recorded our first BBC Maida Vale session for Rob da Bank. More recently we’ve recorded “Give Me a Chance”, the AA side for our next single. We also played the fantastic Juxtaposed festival at Gwdihw, Cardiff curated by Huw Stephens.

AMBY: If you had to describe each band member with one word, what would they be?

Night Engine: Menace. Genius. Maniac. Dynamo.

AMBY: What’s the funniest thing to happen to you at a gig?

Night Engine: It’s early days but while on tour with Kaiser Chiefs an eager fan asked us for a photo. We of course agreed but then she asked if our singer Phil would take the photo. Made the rest of us chuckle.

As we said, it’s early days…

AMBY: Speaking of gigs, recently you’ve announced a few festival appearances, what’s the best part of playing for you?

Night Engine: It’s the eyeballing delivery of the music to an audience. It’s the electricity and energy of live performance that can’t be found on any recording. We want people to feel that they’re involved from front to back.

AMBY: What’s the story behind I’ll Make It Worth Your While?

Night Engine: There isn’t a story as such. It is what it is really. It’s a cathartic song about letting loose and getting down.

AMBY: The video for Young and Carefree is wicked. How did the concept come about?

Night Engine: Thanks! It came about from a discussion we had about the song’s sinister nature. We wanted something that was simple and subtle but ominous.

AMBY: Which artists have you been listening to lately?

Night Engine: In the tour van we’ve been listening to a lot of Todd Terje mixes which certainly help with the long drives. Also been listening to the brilliant Hookworms album ‘Pearl Mystic’ after seeing their show at Birthdays. Otherwise, many of the band favourites such as the Stooges, D.A.F. and John Grant.

AMBY: Which three of your influences would you love to hang out with for a day?

Night Engine: David Byrne, Tom Waits and John Grant.

AMBY: If you could tour anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

Night Engine: Probably South America. It’s a place that all of us would love to visit. It has an incredible music history and we’ve already made a few fans out there which is great.

AMBY: What has you excited for 2013?

Night Engine: Our headline show at XOYO at the end of May and the long list of festivals we have ahead of us. Playing live is really what defines us as a band. We play with a frenetic intent and festivals will be the perfect setting for our live set.

AMBY: And last but never least, what’s something about Night Engine that nobody knows?

Night Engine: Lee has a pet German Giant rabbit called “Gabi”.


Thank you Night Engine, for giving us your answers!

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Alicia Atout

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