You may have caught them on last years’ iteration of Warped Tour, but now Night Argent, the 5-piece alternative/electronic band from Seattle are gearing up to release their first EP. MEB Writer/Photographer M.J. Rawls recently caught up with guitarist Jeff Stachofsky to talk about the upcoming release, their singles “Widowmaker” and “Kamikaze,” and more.
MEB: You guys have your debut EP coming out on April 22nd. This is an accumulation of all the touring, the struggles, and the hard work you guys have accrued up to this point. How does it feel being we are less than a month away from the debut EP going out into the world?
Jeff Stachofsky: It’s just a good feeling knowing that our hard work will finally be able to be obtained by those who want it. We have been telling some people for years, “I’ll let you know when our CD comes out.” We even have an album release show we’re working on, something we haven’t gotten a chance to do before!
The EP is self-produced. I always wondered how a band is able to produce music while touring a lot. What’s the differences in self-producing other than having an actual producer? Is it a democratic process with all the band members?
Well, one thing that’s cool about doing the production ourselves is the fact we get to write and record whatever and whenever we want. Chase [Manhattan] typically writes most of the music, but then we all add our contributions and personal influences as the songs come together. When we write with a producer, we really try and pick their brain, because that’s a resource/tool that we only have the opportunity to work with on a limited basis. We don’t have very much experience other then self-producing, so we are excited to be working with John Feldmann next month and have his expertise for our next project.
Out of all the songs that you have recorded for the EP, which one really touched you the most and got the most emotional for you?
The most emotional song is “Kamikaze,” which is our “ballad” of the EP. Mostly because of how big the chorus is. It’s also the most emotionally charged song we play live.
You guys just recently released the “deconstructed version” of Nothing More Beautiful. It was already a powerful song and then when you slowed it down, it took on a completely different meaning. Does the band plan on doing more variations of their songs like this? I feel like it birthed a new direction to a song that is touching a lot of people.
We will always be open to doing different versions of songs we have already released, or even other people’s music. Changing things up is not only good for the listener, but for us it’s great to use our creativity and make something new and different to play.
When I listen to “Widowmaker” and “Kamikaze,” it seems like two different sides of the coin. In “Widowmaker”, you talk about someone who is a heartbreaker of some sort and in “Kamikaze”, you speak about how you have to make a decision to go all in on love, but either way, it won’t leave you unscathed. Was that intentional that those some seem related together?
That’s a cool observation! Actually, the relation between the two songs was not intentional, but we do try to write music that is able to connect with people on both sides on the coin. We as people are all the same, and we deal with the same basic things in life.
With the upcoming EP, you guys have mentioned before that as you go further into it, it will become darker with the energy building? It’s almost cinematic in a way. Do you feel in the way that you build into your music that fans resonate with that more because it’s so honest?
We try to keep all of our music as honest as possible. The darker sound comes from the image that the band’s naturally grown into. We hope that the natural evolution of our sound will continue to resonate with our fans, and whatever they have going on in their lives.
Night Argent has played a lot of festivals from Warped Tour to SXSW when the band was exposed to many new audiences (Warped Tour in particular). If you had a choice to play any other festival, what would it be and why?
Probably Deck the Hall Ball, which is in Seattle every December! They always have amazing bands play and it would be great to get to share the stage with them so close to home.
Stream the new EP below. If you dig what you hear, head over on the band’s website and grab starting tomorrow.