Black Nite Crash

Black Nite Crash

 Seattle, Washington, USA
BandAlternativeShoegaze

Black Nite Crash is reverb-drenched fuzz pop, a mix of atmosphere and energy, focusing on themes that haunt dreams... girls, gods, and altered states. Strong songcraft and dark moods meet with nods to Sixties Psych, Post-Punk, Shoegaze, and Brit Pop.

Melody, Noise and the Beat. Yeah.

Biography

Seattle scene stalwarts Black Nite Crash return to the recorded fray with their latest offering, Nevergreen. Focusing their signature barbed reverb into more concise melodic pop structures, the band continue to explore the sound of love at the intersection of shoegaze, psychedelia, and post-punk.

Nevergreen captures a four-year-long moment now passed between the present incarnation of the band and its previous line up found on their last release, Drawn Out Days. When original guitarist/co-writer Joel Bergstrom left just before the release of Drawn Out Days (to form the sublime Vibragun), band founder/frontman Jim Biggs along with remaining members Jasun Hadaway (bass), Izzy Dickey (keys/vocals) and Randall Morgan (drummer) recruited Scott Kennedy (Kingdom of the Holy Sun, Erik Blood, Scriptures) to fill the breach as both guitarist and as a contributing songwriter. With a renewed energy, the band began working on new material almost immediately, recording with Matt Brown (Trespassers William) in short bursts whenever schedules and finances would allow. The band remained active throughout this period, playing shows regularly around the Pacific Northwest and continuing to write prolifically as they recorded, resulting in an album of near constant change and evolution, yet still clearly of a piece with past releases. As this version of the band began to fray, Erik Blood was enlisted to give shape to the sounds crafted by the band and Matt. The release of Nevergreen finds a new line up, replacing Scott Kennedy with two new guitarists/writers in Claire Tucker and Sharim Johnson, as well as replacing Randall Morgan with Tony Zuniga (Voyager One), continuing to create as they celebrate live the ever expanding Black Nite Crash catalogue.

As to the sound of the album, first single, “A Different Light,” explodes with fuzz bursts bound together by a delicate melody and a squall of guitars reversed. Lyrically it’s a dreamt about sequel to their first album’s song “I Want You,” following a romance that never was but always may be. “Smile” smears the guitars into a hazy shade of classic shoegaze pop, reminiscent of cult heroes Adorable while “Make a Sound” calls further back to England in the 80s, Echo and the Lemon Drops, if you will… “New Camera Toy” nods to modern indie rock’s take on psychedelia, while “On Fire” finds the band’s romantic pleas for salvation filtered through analog synth riffs and backwards drums. Nevergreen finds Black Nite Crash in love and out of love, but always looking for a pop hook.

2018 finds the band looking toward the future with live dates and festival appearances planned, and and the follow up to Nevergreen, Conflict of Disinterest, due by the fall, as well as a new 10" release featuring songs recorded at Electrokitty studios coming by years' end.

Nevergreen was recorded by Matt Brown at the Track Shack and Crackle & Pop in Seattle; it was mixed by Erik Blood and mastered by Adam Straney at Breakpoint Mastering. 

Nevergreen is out now on Neon Sigh

Drawn Out Days is also available on Neon Sigh

Array is available on Custom Made Music

Lyrics

Falling Down

Written By: Biggs/Black Nite Crash

Are you satisfied?
Why do you run and hide?
I’m always on the edge of never reaching out
I can’t – keep it inside

I hear the phone ring
But there’s another thing
And now I’m standing here alone under neon skies
Without a ...song to sing

I can’t stand running, but I can’t slow down
The world keeps moving while I’m falling down

Are you satisfied?
You know I’ve never lied
My head keeps spinning, always bleeding new doubt
And my hands are tied

I hear an angel sing
But there’s another thing
And now I’m standing here alone as the sunlight dies
Without a song to sing

I can’t stand running, but I can’t slow down
The world keeps spinning while I’m falling down

I need something new and I need it tonight
A dark haired girl with murder in her eyes
I know I need to go , ‘cuz I know it ain’t right
But I’m burning with this feeling that I’m keeping inside

I can’t stand running, but I can’t slow down
The world keeps moving while I’m falling down

Love and Drinking

Written By: Biggs/Black Nite Crash

Your silver tongue awakens,
it’s my heart that’s breaking
I always lose in love and drinking

As eastern light turns golden,
I sense you still withholding
I never know just what you’re thinking

You know there’s no one else
I can’t control myself
I know it all too well

You know you’re still mistaken;
it’s just my heart you’re taking
The captain’s lost and my ship is sinking

I know I should be folding,
but find myself emboldened
I go too far in love and drinking

You know there’s no one else
I can’t control myself
I know it all too well

To walk away

The AstroNavagatrix

Written By: Biggs/Black Nite Crash

She thinks lust and not love
Slowly slipped inside of
Between the planets find me
Lost in thought, don’t mind me

Nowhere looks just like this
I feel your breath like her kiss
I see your ship fly away
Lost your signal yesterday

(instr)

Drifting without anchor
Losing without anger
Trapped just outside of you
The light fades, sunrise in view

Slip into the night sky
Given to alight, I
Never flying with you
Ever trying just to

(instr)

Answer whispered in sigh
Sunrise silence night sky
Never flying with you
I’m ever trying just to

Ever trying just to
Ever trying just to
Ever trying just to
Ever trying just to

Bring It Down

Written By: Biggs/Black Nite Crash

Nobody sees the things that I see
The laws have been laid and you’re no longer free
The deals have been made, the decks are all stacked
And all that I got is this knife in my back

Nobody says the things that I say
Nobody listens anyway
I don’t want to scare you or cause you alarm
But there’s a bomb in my mind and the trigger’s been armed

Nobody sees the things that I see
Now it’s ‘us’ vs. ‘them’ where it used to be ‘we’
And we can get by if we just let it be
But if we bring it all down, we can be free

Nobody see the things that I see
Now the things that they have they have taken from me
Then they charge me to look at all the things that I lack
Well if they keep pushing me then I'm gonna push back

Nobody says the things that I say
Nobody listens anyway Nobody says the things that I say
Nobody listens anyway
Nobody listens anyway
Nobody listens anyway
Nobody listens anyway
Nobody listens anyway

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” - Scheduled December 2017 – Neon Sigh
Black Nite Crash - "Recurrence, Restatement and Reverberation" (Compilation) - Scheduled March 2018 - Neon Sigh

Set List

Sets generally run 45 minutes and draw from a list of over 80 original works with the occasional cover changed to fit the BNC aesthetic... .