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Black Nite Crash

Seattle, Washington, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2002 | INDIE

Seattle, Washington, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2002
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"Black Nite Crash "Colony Drive EP""

At it for nearly two decades, these classic Seattle shoegazers keep digging in their JaMC, RIDE (they're named after Ride's 1996 single), BRMC, and Stone Roses hard 'n' swirly style with aplomb, delivering an even more expansive sound now that Loose Wing guitarist Claire Tucker has joined. Adding in a trace of 1988 House of Love on "Waiting for Her," these four songs pick up from last year's devilish Conflict of Disinterest, led by the gnarly, gritty Madchester-esque "She"and MBV-ish howl of "Colony Drive"-both so good they could hardly be better if Jim Reid or Kevin Shields vocalized them instead of Jim Biggs. Complete with Tucker's icy keyboard-sounding guitar twirling in the other reverbed guitars in its awesome instrumental bridge, the former grans hold like a Venus flytrap with an update on the Stooges "Loose" riff, while kaleidoscopic colors flashing your synapses as you're dragged into its maelstrom. When played with this kind of passion and harsh, bursting beauty, this time-honored sound does somersaults in your sensory system. (Jack Rabid) - The Big Takeover


"New Music Reviews"

...a solid set of dark shoegazer psych-rock with fuzzy, squalling guitars, driving rhythms, half-buried vocals, and hypnotic song hooks - KEXP


"Words about lead single "wrong" from the Colony Drive EP"

Speaking of pervasive watching eyes, Black Nite Crash describe “Wrong” as “a simple yet scathing indictment of the surveillance state and a government that, even then, did not speak for the people, and has only worsened in that regard over the ensuing years.” These modern critiques are cloaked in a classic sound, as the Colony Drive EP calls to mind the proto-shoegaze of the late 1980s with noisy riffs smeared in a layer of spaced-out psychedelia. - Honey on the Knife


"Poland understands..."

Black Nite Crash are perhaps right when introducing themselves, perhaps a bit dramatic, as "Overlooked and Underrated since 2002". And it's worth changing, the current occasion for this is the new album released by Neon Sigh - Conflict of Disinterest.

I admit, I didn't know them either although they have already four albums released. And the music from the band led by Jim Biggs surprises with its catchiness and the overall quality. The post-punk-like vocal made me think of another Jim, Ried of The Jesus and Mary Chain. But unlikely the Scots, the Americans play thicker, multidimensional shoegaze. Even in the catchiest tracks (Heart of Stone or Here It Comes) the music is not left in the background.

Actually each of the album's songs could as well be a part of one of the milestone albums by TJAMC and no one would find it odd. But still, Conflict of Disinterest doesn't feel like a cover compilation, there's too much fresh things like the psychedelia in All the Times I Never Slept, or the massiveness of the sound in This Is Mine. - labandzi


"Jack's Top 40 Reviews (BT84)"

32 Black Nite Crash
Conflict of Disinterest
(Neon Sigh)
Though late to the 90's shoegaze party, that Seattle is humming with it nowadays is partly due to the effort of these vets (named for a 1996 Ride song) since 2002- see Dirty Sidewalks, whose Evan Foster mixed some of this, [The] Purrs, new Age Healers, Black Planes, Guest Directors, etc., who've followed BNC's more bashing, gnarly, heavy intensity as opposed to the dainty, floating dreampop strain... Jim Biggs and Co. have just grown even harsher and jam-packed maliciously laying distortion on the punishing psych edge of the Dandy Warhols-like "All the Times I Never Slept," and bringing echoing echoes of Sisters of Mercy, Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, Velvet Underground, and, well, a barreling steam train on the nasty "Somebody Kill Me." Conflict is familiar, nasty, and breathtaking at the same time. - The Big Takeover


"Love from Italy..."

Cercare di catalogare in maniera specifica l’ultimo album dei Black Nite Crash sarebbe veramente un peccato. La band di Seattle con il nuovo lavoro in studio “Conflict of Disinterest” sale a quota quattro full leight e lo fa in maniera egregia. Una miscela di Shoegaze saturato da quella vena di Psychedelic Rock ma piena zeppa di contaminazioni Alternative rock che riescono veramente a dare un valore aggiunto al tutto.
Il disco è una vera e propria prova di dinamica tra melodie sognanti e muri di chitarre impazzite che fischiano quasi all’unisono . Un’atmosfera satura di Fuzz vecchio stile e che ricorda band come The Jesus & Mary Chain , a tratti The Pixes assieme ai nostri New Candys. E se il muro generato dalle stesse distorsioni impazzite vi spaventa, non preoccupatevi, le varie chitarre in gioco si intrecciano abilmente senza mai rubarsi il posto l’una con l’altra. La voce baritonale, leggera e poco marcata, funge da legante alla pasta perfetta di suoni che incanta dal primo all’ultimo secondo e che risulta sempre perfettamente bilanciata.

Il disco non perde un colpo in questi 45 minuti scarsi, al contrario sale incessantemente fino alla prova finale “Bring it Down” superata brillantemente. E anche se nel complesso il songwriting non è freschissimo il tutto viene bilanciato da una produzione ruvida, graffiante e veramente di livello che riesce a rendere meno banale quel mid-tempo ricorrente e molto caratteristico. Veramente stupendo assistere all’evoluzione di gruppi del genere che, anche se esperti in materia, non finiscono mai di stupire.
Ci lascia a bocca aperta questo nuovo disco dei Black Nite Crash, un ottimo lavoro che riesce a condensare alla perfezione ciò di raccolto nel sottobosco dell’ Alt Rock, “Conflict of Disinterest “ infatti è un viaggio importante, qualcosa che ricorda un’esperienza straordinaria ed inusuale, come se in un giorno di pioggia uscisse il sole ma continuasse a piovere violentemente . - Indie for Bunnies


"The single: "Baby It's You""

Seattle's Black Nite Crash have just issued a sweet tab of neo-psychedelia and nu-gaze rock titled Drawn Out Days on the upstart Neon Sigh label. If the instantly infectious heart-pounder "Baby It's You" isn't a hit single by year's end, I'll slowly shake my head in disbelief.
-Dave Segal - The Stranger


"Drawn Out Days Review"

The follow-up to their first LP, Array, Drawn Out Days won't shock you with innovation, but it is packed with very good songs that push those warm-and-fuzzy shoegaze and psych-rock buttons. Fans of Brian Jonestown Massacre, the Jesus and Mary Chain, and My Bloody Valentine will crush on the upliftingly melancholy melodies, turquoise and burgundy guitar swaths, and Deb Googe–like bass revving. Black Nite Crash execute all 10 tracks here with understated grace and artful dynamics, resulting in the veteran band's best work to date.
-Dave Segal - The Stranger


"Drawn Out Days Review"

The follow-up to their first LP, Array, Drawn Out Days won't shock you with innovation, but it is packed with very good songs that push those warm-and-fuzzy shoegaze and psych-rock buttons. Fans of Brian Jonestown Massacre, the Jesus and Mary Chain, and My Bloody Valentine will crush on the upliftingly melancholy melodies, turquoise and burgundy guitar swaths, and Deb Googe–like bass revving. Black Nite Crash execute all 10 tracks here with understated grace and artful dynamics, resulting in the veteran band's best work to date.
-Dave Segal - The Stranger


"Drawn Out Days Review"

Equal parts '90s alt-rock and contemporary indie rock (is there even a difference anymore?) a la The Big Pink. These guys pull it off with charm.
-Chris Kornelis - seattleweekly.com


"KEXP Song of the Day, "Baby It's You""

“Baby It’s You,” from the June 2012 release, is worth the wait, enticing as it is with its high energy groove that channels Spiritualized’s more spirited numbers, but with more of the churning guitar, determination and swagger of The Jesus & Mary Chains’ chainsaw blues.
-Jim Beckmann
- kexp.org


"Drawn Out Days Album Review"

Black Nite Crash’s music fits right into this picture; their opalescent yet dark blend of psychedelic rock and shoegaze creates an arcane atmosphere that grabs your psyche right from the start, you get caught up in their wall-of-sound maelstrom of fuzzy riffs, tingly noise injections and seductive melodies. Add Jim Biggs’ nonchalant, charismatic vocals, a crackling production and a varied face – you got everything from gritty uptempo rockets like “Silent Town” to atmospheric ballads (“Atmopshere”, including female guest vocalist Amber Bergstrom). If you imagine The Jesus And Mary Chain (listen to “Baby It’s You” and “Delusion Blues”), The Church, My Bloody Valentine and Pixies jamming together in a room at night and dig this idea, I recommend you check this album out. 8/10 - Clank for Breakfast


"Array Album Review"

"On its full-length debut, Array, Seattle’s post-punk revivalist quintet Black Nite Crash takes a similar noisy and dark path to that of Jesus and Mary Chain on Psychocandy (1985), Ride’s Nowhere (1990) and Earth, Sun, Moon (1987) from Love and Rockets. They may be one of the top 10 best unknowns of 2008."
JEFF MAISEY in Tidewater's Portfolio Weekly, 10/21/08 - Portfolio Weekly


"Live Review November 2008"

"Black Nite Crash are the total package, not only excelling in evoking a guitar drenched melancholy sound, they have the songs to go with it. Drenched in blue light up on the Chop Suey stage, the band seemed to exhude a cool confidence. Songs like Soft Focus and Perfect Blue show off their English pop sensibilities while Wanna Die and Revalator just plain out rock."
TOBY at finestkiss, 11/1/08 - Finest Kiss


"Independent Music Discoveries: Issue #8"

Black Nite Crash's… latest release Array proves a fine edition to the burgeoning neo-shoegaze scene, tossing in enough psychedelic fuzz and flair of their own to make for a superb listen.
MARILYN ROXIE afutureinnoise.com 5/15/09
- afutureinnoise.com


"KEXPBlog"

If you haven’t heard of this group yet, you should…
KEXPblog on KEXP.org 7/3/09
- kexp.org


"Array Album Review"

Seattle’s Black Nite Crash dazzle with their heavy melodic sound, which blends together an ‘array’ of influences ranging from 1960s psych rock to classic UK post-punk and shoegaze… opener “Revelator” instantly draws you in with its soulful Stooges vibe, building up to an extended Ron Asheton-like guitar wigout at the end… “Soft Focus” [brings] to mind Ride’s infectious Going Blank Again gem “Twisteralla”… Perhaps the best song of all though is the lush closer “Perfect Blue,” which recalls the majesty of The Church with its trance-inducing layered guitar sounds and… seductive vocals.
BEN SZPORLUK on rocknrollrunner.blogspot.com 7/2/09
- rocknrollrunner.blogspot.com


"Debut EP"

Black Nite Crash; "EP" {8.3} {excellent ~ amazing!}
” MY SOCKS WERE BLOWN STRAIGHT OFF! … In all of it's star-spangled, shoe-gazing glory, Black Nite Crash's "EP" is most suitable for the ‘album repeat’ function on your stereo. .. ‘Distant Hit’ …(is) an arousing opener establishing the EP's palpably sensual tone… Black Nite Crash's debut erupted in my ears and soaked my consciousness. Keep those guitars sounding so deliciously seedy...”
LEE @ www.threeimaginarygirls.com
- threeimaginarygirls.com


"Debut EP"

Black Nite Crash; "EP" {8.3} {excellent ~ amazing!}
” MY SOCKS WERE BLOWN STRAIGHT OFF! … In all of it's star-spangled, shoe-gazing glory, Black Nite Crash's "EP" is most suitable for the ‘album repeat’ function on your stereo. .. ‘Distant Hit’ …(is) an arousing opener establishing the EP's palpably sensual tone… Black Nite Crash's debut erupted in my ears and soaked my consciousness. Keep those guitars sounding so deliciously seedy...”
LEE @ www.threeimaginarygirls.com
- threeimaginarygirls.com


"The Live Show"

“Black Nite Crash is one of the city's finest [shoegaze]offerings, featuring impenetrable layers of guitar effects, bombastic drumming and vocals that sound as if they were screamed down through the communication system of the faulty Mars rover. This gives the band a gritty edge and frightening intensity, unlike some of their more melodious and dreamy peers.”
TIZZY ASHER in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer
- Seattle P-I


"The Live Show"

“Black Nite Crash is one of the city's finest [shoegaze]offerings, featuring impenetrable layers of guitar effects, bombastic drumming and vocals that sound as if they were screamed down through the communication system of the faulty Mars rover. This gives the band a gritty edge and frightening intensity, unlike some of their more melodious and dreamy peers.”
TIZZY ASHER in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer
- Seattle P-I


"Live Show Preview"

“Black Nite Crash boast a sleek, slightly smoothed take on the garage tradition, tough songs with hanging-tough lyrics, studied cool menace in the singing, guitar noise for ambience… served on a bed of crisp snare pops. “ – Andrew Hamlin, The Stranger - The Stranger


"Psychedelica Compilation Appearance"

"Black Nite Crash get down and dirty with the shades accessorised strut of the hip grinding ‘Falling Down’"
MARK BARTON, Losing Today - Losing Today


"Psychedelica Compilation Appearance"

"Black Nite Crash get down and dirty with the shades accessorised strut of the hip grinding ‘Falling Down’"
MARK BARTON, Losing Today - Losing Today


"Array Album Review"

A strong emphasis on the vocals places Black Nite Crash further into the alternative realm than most shoegaze bands dare to venture, but the band emerge from the haze with successful clever songwriting and infectiously slow building grooves and breaks. Their debut album Array is a gorgeous trip through dense and inspired guitar manipulation and controlled sonic chaos.
Dan Goldin/Exploding in Sound 3/1/10 - explodinginsound.com


Discography

Releases
Black Nite Crash - Alive at High Dive EP - December 2020 - (Digital Only via Bandcamp)

Black Nite CrashColony Drive EP - September 2020 - Neon Sigh 

Black Nite Crash - Black Nite Clash EP - February 2020 - (Digital Only via Bandcamp)

Black Nite CrashConflict of Disinterest - April 2019 - Neon Sigh (feat. KEXP song of the day 7/26/19 "Come Easy")

Black Nite Crash - Live at Star Farm Studios 031409 - March 2019 - (Digital Only via Bandcamp)

Black Nite CrashNevergreen - September 2017 - Neon Sigh (feat. KEXP song of the day 1/26/18 "Things We Do")

Black Nite CrashBarely Merry EP - December 2016 - (Digital Only via Bandcamp)

Black Nite CrashDistress EP - November 2016 - (Digital Only via Bandcamp)

Black Nite CrashDrawn Out Days LP - June 2012 - Neon Sigh (feat. KEXP song of the day 7/31/12 "Baby It's You")

Black Nite Crash/Sky Parade - split 12"EP - April 2010 - Custom Made Music

Black Nite Crash/The Tamborines - split 7" - June 2009 - Custom Made Music (feat. KEXP song of the day 7/3/09 "The Story of Me and You")

Black Nite CrashArray LP - June 2008 - Custom Made Music (feat. KEXP song of the day 8/22/08 "Losing Kind")

Black Nite CrashBlack Nite Crash EP - March 2004 - Self-Released

Appearances

V/A - Feelings Called Glorious, A Tribute To Adorable - (feat. "Homeboy") - July 2018 - TBTCI Records

V/A - Welcome Tomorrow, Love And Rockets In Another View - (feat. "The Dog-End of a Day Gone By") - May 2018 - TBTCI Records

V/A - Single K​.​O. - Wire Revisited - (feat. "French Film Blurred") - November 2017 - TBTCI Records

V/ARave On, A Madchester Celebration - (feat. "Wrote for Luck") - April 2017 - TBTCI Records

V/AMidnight Club: Los Angeles (South Central Expansion) - (feat. Falling Down) - March 2009 - Rockstar Games

V/APsychedelica Vol. 1 - (feat. Falling Down) - March 2006 - Northern Star Records

V/AThe Fuzzy Ball - (feat. Last Time Live on KEXP) - December 2004 - Reverb Records

V/AIn a Different Place - (feat. Some Days) - December 2003 - Reverb Records

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Bio

Black Nite Crash have the receipts... and no one's getting off the hook.

Long guided by a lyrical edict that rock and roll lyrics should only be about "god, girls and drugs," Black Nite Crash has, in recent years, started to shift to material of a more political bent (see "Bring It Down" from their 2018 Conflict of Disinterest album). Their latest single and video, drawn from their new Colony Drive EP, continues in that vein. 

This current project by the band commenced recording at the end of 2016 as the present world devolution began in earnest. Lead single "Wrong" is a simple yet scathing indictment of the surveillance state and a government that, even then, did not speak for the people, and has only worsened in that regard over the ensuing years. The song itself as mixed by Peter Marchese (Tokyoidaho/Voyager One) is a fuzzy drone groove with a martial drive which urges movement both rhythmic and political.

The rest of the songs on the EP pulse with an energy fueled by discontent and disillusionment of a more romantic nature, returning to their original mission statement, driven by a hammering rhythm section featuring Tony Zuniga (drums) and Jasun Hadaway (bass) as nuanced, strong, and interesting as the guitar leads, which wind in and around each other in a delicate but clamorous dance, four guitarists dueling through a changing of the guard in the band, with long time lead player Scott Kennedy ceding to new additions Sharim Johnson and Claire Tucker, with band founder Jim Biggs filling in the rest of the fuzzy pieces.

All three of the remaining songs on this four song set speak to themes of love, lust and longing. "Waiting for Her" a paean to that connection we've all just missed, time and again while "She" speaks directly to the allure of that very thing, especially when the object of devotion is a strong, and strong-willed, individual with their own drives and desires. The closing title track is the loudest expression of suburban ennui since the early days of punk and it's occasional focus on Boredom (bah-dum bah-dum).  

The session, recorded by Garrett Reynolds, mixed by Peter Marchese and longtime band collaborator/auxiliary member Matt Brown (Trespassers William) and mastered by Adam Straney at Breakpoint Mastering, is the product of a fan-favorite selection during the Seattle record label festival Channel Fest, with Neon Sigh awarded best label by voters and given studio time generously donated by Electrokitty Sound Studio and Channel Fest. The Colony Drive EP features the brilliant results of that session.

More new music is coming in the summer of 2022, with album number five now complete.

The Colony Drive EP is available through Bandcamp on Neon Sigh on September 4th, 2020

Conflict of Disinterest, Nevergreen and Drawn Out Days are also available on Neon Sigh

Array is available on Custom Made Music

Band Members