The Nightmare River Band

The Nightmare River Band

 
Brooklyn, New York, USA
BandRockFolk

The music you would listen to at a family BBQ if you were trying to convince your grandparents to light the lawn on fire. In this case, our grandparents.

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Biography

The Nightmare River Band is coming to your town whether you like it or not. Somebody should probably let the band know that people like it. A lot. Indeed, the groups signature sound of raucous alt-country is best appreciated at their live shows. They have spent the past three years touring relentlessly, with their intense energy fueling their audiences as well as feeding off them.

Making music about love, loss, pain, drinking and healing, although not necessarily in that order, The Nightmare River Band was named one of the Top 5 up and coming Alt-Folk bands in NYC by Deli Magazine in 2010. Crowds of revelers have been quick to join the party, clamoring to shout along the lyrics with drinks clutched in their hands.

In between playing shows, downing pints and winning over critics, core members Matt Krahula (vocals, guitar, ukulele) and Seth Faulk (drums, vocals) managed to find time to write and record a follow up to their 2009 debut Call The Cops! The new album, Last Goodbye, offers up standouts such as Mary. A demo of that song was nominated for an Independent Music Award for best Alt-Country song of 2010. The full version combines all of the ingredients of The Nightmare River Bands potent blend: foot-stomping rhythms, full arrangements, and a harmonious chorus that everyone can sing along to even after consuming more than a few beers.

The Nightmare River Band has drawn comparisons to alt/folk/country contemporaries such as Mumford and Sons and The Avett Brothers. While this sound is rapidly gaining popularity and bandwagon jumpers, The Nightmare River Band is continuing to do just what theyve done since their formation, taking their music on the road to bring the Nightmare to your town.

**Recently performed at SXSW, CMJ and Summerfest**

Lyrics

Why Don't You Love Me?

Written By: Matthew Krahula

Well if you say you love me
than it must be true
Cause why would you lie when there's nothing to prove
Why would you lie when you know that there's nothing to lose

Well if I can see God
You know he can see me
And we'll walk through the valley
We'll wade in the sea
And I'll whisper your name like the wind
Blows through the trees

Singing
Why Don't You love me?
Why Don't You cry?
Why don't you hold me?
When we say goodnight
When we say goodnight

Well if you wander with me
through heaven or hell
I'll kneel at the alter
with blood in my mouth
and I'll ask for forgiveness
for every day leading to now

Oh if you can't forgive me
I'll know its my fault
and I'll choke on a bullet
throw a stake through my heart
and I'll stand in the distance
while you're at the end of the bar

Singing
Why Don't You love me?
Why Don't You cry?
Why don't you hold me?
When we say goodnight
When we say goodnight

If you've got the reasons
I'll give you my time
and I'll stop every season
I'll spend every dime
and I'll give you the world
as long as I'm not left behind

Singing
Why Don't You love me?
Why Don't You cry?
Why don't you hold me?
When we say goodnight
When we say goodnight

Mary

Written By: Matthew Krahula

You've got time to be somewhere without me
You've got time to be somewhere alone
Everyone I know just thinks I'm crazy for calling you my home

Everyone I know's just making movies
Acting like it's some forgotten fame
If I don't know the ending of the story than how can I complain

It's a shame
walking away
walking away
walking away these days

A crying shame
people are strange
people are strange
people are strange

So Mary
Don't turn off the lights quite yet
Mary
Don't put out that cigarette
Mary
Don't tell me that my love for you is strained
Right now my love for you remains the same

Everyone I knows just painting pictures
Acting like a shadow to my brain
I don't know if it might be a shadow or maybe I'm insane

It's a shame
walking away
walking away
walking away these days

A crying shame
people are strange
people are strange
people are strange

So Mary
Don't turn off the lights quite yet
Mary
Don't put out that cigarette
Mary
Don't tell me that my love for you is strained
Right now my love for you remains the same

Cause I've been shamed
By the Gods of the Underworld I should say
And every day
We commit our soul's and bodies to outer space

So Mary
Don't turn off the lights quite yet
Mary
Don't put out that cigarette
Mary
Don't tell me that my love for you is strained
Right now my love for you remains the same

Oh Me Oh My

Written By: Matt Krahula

When I was young
I had a shoebox and some rubber bands to call
my guitar

When I was young
I had a friend like you who never had to say
what was what

Oh me oh my
You've been on my mind
I've seen your side
And it's not the same as mine
I'm sure this time
We'd be better off alone
Who builds a house when all you needs a home

When i was young
I'd wake up in the morning just to stare
At the sun

When I was young
I didn't know if it was wrong or right but I knew
It was fun

Oh me oh my
You've been on my mind
I've seen your side
And it's not the same as mine
I'm sure this time
We'd be better off alone
Who builds a house when all you needs a home