Black Nite Crash
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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
Band Alternative Shoegaze

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Jul
20
Black Nite Crash @ Kelly's Olympian

Portland, Oregon, United States

Portland, Oregon, United States

Jul
19
Black Nite Crash @ The High Dive

Seattle, Washington, United States

Seattle, Washington, United States

Jun
01
Black Nite Crash @ Parliament Tavern

Seattle, Washington, United States

Seattle, Washington, United States

Apr
27
Black Nite Crash @ Lo-Fi Performance Gallery

Seattle, Washington, United States

Seattle, Washington, United States

Mar
23
Black Nite Crash @ Blue Moon Tavern

Seattle, Washington, United States

Seattle, Washington, United States

Dec
22
Black Nite Crash @ Slim's Last Chance

Seattle, Washington, United States

Seattle, Washington, United States

Sep
30
Black Nite Crash @ North Star Diner & Shanghai Room

Seattle, Washington, United States

Seattle, Washington, United States

Aug
25
Black Nite Crash @ Centennial Fields Park

Snoqualmie, Washington, United States

Snoqualmie, Washington, United States

Aug
11
Black Nite Crash @ Kirkland

Kirkland, Washington, United States

Kirkland, Washington, United States

Jun
15
Black Nite Crash @ The High Dive

Seattle, Washington, United States

Seattle, Washington, United States

Apr
27
Black Nite Crash @ Lo-Fi Performance Gallery

Seattle, Washington, United States

Seattle, Washington, United States

Apr
01
Black Nite Crash @ The Valley

Tacoma, Washington, United States

Tacoma, Washington, United States

Mar
30
Black Nite Crash @ Lo-Fi Performance Gallery

Seattle, Washington, United States

Seattle, Washington, United States

Feb
11
Black Nite Crash @ Neumos

Seattle, Washington, United States

Seattle, Washington, United States

Feb
08
Black Nite Crash @ KEXP

Seattle, Washington, United States

Seattle, Washington, United States

Feb
02
Black Nite Crash @ Lo-Fi Performance Gallery

Seattle, Washington, United States

Seattle, Washington, United States

Nov
17
Black Nite Crash @ The Lofi Performance Gallery

Seattle, Washington, United States

Seattle, Washington, United States

Nov
15
Black Nite Crash @ KEXP

Seattle, Washington, United States

Seattle, Washington, United States

Nov
02
Black Nite Crash @ Lo-Fi Performance Gallery

Seattle, Washington, United States

Seattle, Washington, United States

Jun
15
Black Nite Crash @ The Central Saloon

Seattle, Washington, United States

Seattle, Washington, United States

Apr
21
Black Nite Crash @ The Lofi Performance Gallery

Seattle, Washington, United States

Seattle, Washington, United States

Mar
03
Black Nite Crash @ W Seattle

Seattle, Washington, United States

Seattle, Washington, United States

Feb
06
Black Nite Crash @ The High Dive

Seattle, Washington, United States

Seattle, Washington, United States

Dec
09
Black Nite Crash @ The Central Saloon

Seattle, Washington, United States

Seattle, Washington, United States

Nov
14
Black Nite Crash @ Lo-Fi Performance Gallery

Seattle, Washington, United States

Seattle, Washington, United States

Music

Press


"New Music Reviews (4/15/19)"

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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


Discography

V/A - "Shoegazerbliss" - (feat. See Her Tonight) - December 2002 - Reverb Records
V/A - "In a Different Place" - (feat. Some Days) - December 2003 - Reverb Records
Black Nite Crash - "Black Nite Crash EP" - March 2004 - Self-Released
V/A - "The Fuzzy Ball" - (feat. Last Time Live on KEXP) - December 2004 - Reverb Records
V/A - "Psychedelica Vol. 1" - (feat. Falling Down) - March 2006 - Northern Star Records
Black Nite Crash - "Array" LP - June 2008 - Custom Made Music (feat. KEXP song of the day 8/22/08 "Losing Kind")
V/A - Midnight Club: Los Angeles (South Central Expansion) - (feat. Falling Down) - March 2009 - Rockstar Games
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 Crash/Sky Parade - split 12"EP - April 2010 - Custom Made Music
Black Nite Crash - "Drawn Out Days" LP - June 2012 - Neon Sigh (feat. KEXP song of the day 7/31/12 "Baby It's You")
Black Nite Crash - Distress EP - November 2016 - (Digital Only via Bandcamp)
Black Nite Crash - Barely Merry EP - December 2016 - (Digital Only via Bandcamp)
V/A - "Rave On, A Madchester Celebration" - (feat. Wrote for luck) - April 2017 - TBTCI Records
Black Nite Crash - "Nevergreen" - September 2017 - Neon Sigh
Black Nite Crash - “Conflict of Disinterest” - April 2019 – Neon Sigh
Black Nite Crash - "Colony Drive EP" - Scheduled September 2019 - Neon Sigh

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Bio

Great music is often made in unconventional ways, and Black Nite Crash have never had a conventional approach to their recording career. Featuring a revolving cast of characters to rival the Brian Jonestown Massacre or the Damned and a string of catchy records made on a shoestring budget, while navigating the natural rhythms of a hardworking band with many members, some of which are parents and/or professionals when they aren’t rocking, the band has created in their new release “Conflict of Disinterest” an album that, even by the aforementioned unusual standards, a release that sets itself apart. 

Recorded alongside their previous release (2017’s Nevergreen), Conflict of Disinterest finds the band once again going through changes with an epic, expanding cast including two engineers, three mixers, and four different studios spanning more than seven years scattered across the greater Seattle area. The combination of these many hands on deck has somehow formed what might be the most powerfully cohesive record by the band to date, with Adam Straney (Sub Pop/Hardly Art/HoloDeck) providing brilliant mastering to pull it all together. 

Frontman Jim Biggs set a definition for Black Nite Crash from the very start back in 2002: “It’s my big, dumb rock band,” declaring in no uncertain terms a break with the precious art-rock zeitgeist of the times, choosing instead to find inspiration from past legends like Spacemen 3, The Jesus and Mary Chain, and The Stooges... all personal favorites, all built on simple and often primal ideas mixed with variations on a bad attitude, never sparing a good tune. And always providing volume, lots of volume. 

Today these primal, back-to-basics rock foundations propel the band while melodic moods and fuzzy pop hooks guide from above the sonic morass. Conflict of Disinterest gives space to both, creating a perfect mixture - the hooks and melody in place while delivering their heaviest album to date, the album closest to their original ethos. Conflict of Disinterest stands as the band’s message, a defiant shout out into the world. 

The opening triptych establishes in no uncertain terms what type of album lies ahead. “We Live Too Late” is noise punk wallowing in love lost to a lifestyle that embraces the night and its temptations while lead single “Heart of Stone” channels moodier guitar into a more aggressive dynamic without ignoring a hook that draws the listener into another tale of failed romance and “Here It Comes” lies as a mystery, containing the same attitude of its predecessors, but culminating in a chant born of years of frustration as a struggling indie rock band, turning into a sneering rock anthem ready to be embraced: “No one likes us / We don’t care.” 

“All the Times I Never Slept” brings more of the fuzzy riffs which fans of the band will surely find familiar, while “Somebody Kill Me” highlights the band’s Jesus and Mary Chain obsession in a nihilistic pop song recorded in 2011, but very in tune with the present era. “Bridges Back” brings some surprising electronic elements in to its story of resilience, without sacrificing the noise or attitude. 

“Come Easy” evokes early Verve (before they adopted the ”The”), luxuriating in a rolling bass line punctuated periodically by walls of guitar. “This Is Mine” is another paean to the frustrations of rock un-stardom, but one that stands shouting in defiance. Album closer “Bring It Down” is a nearly 11-minute droning epic decrying the status quo and calling for action. 

The result is a rousing album, remarkably consistent and thematically concise despite its patchwork creation. As the band evolves ever further with new material, Conflict Of Disinterest stands as the band’s cry, neigh, anguished scream into a fractured world. 

The rest of 2019 holds another new EP in it's future as the band continues to play live and tour and develop album number 5 (already in progress!!!)

Conflict of Disinterest was recorded by Matt Brown and Dave Hillis at the Track Shack, Sodo Pop and Crackle & Pop in Seattle; it was mixed by Erik Blood, Matt Brown and Evan Foster and mastered by Adam Straney at Breakpoint Mastering. 

Conflict of Disinterest is out now on Neon Sigh

Nevergreen and Drawn Out Days are also available on Neon Sigh

Array is available on Custom Made Music

Band Members