Detroit Bar's July Residency
Nightmare Air, Young Light, Bright Matter
843 W. 19th St.
Costa Mesa, CA, 92627
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
NIGHTMARE AIR is a rock band from Los Angeles, California, fronted by the dynastic duo of Dave Dupuis (guitar, vocals) and Swaan Miller (bass, vocals).
As Nightmare Air, Dupuis, a veteran of L.A. shoegazers Film School (Beggars Banquet) and Miller, whose stark early-2000s acoustic album on Important Records melted hearts and faces everywhere, meticulously layer indie boy-girl harmonies, psych noise loops, fuzz-ripped bass and howling rock power into a fresh, upbeat sound all their own. With Detroit-raised heavy hitter Jimmy Lucido on drums, Nightmare Air put on a live show that's earned them heaps of praise at home — "possibly L.A.'s loudest band" (Scott McDonald, Surfing on Steam) — and across the pond — "awesomely epic layered sounds" (ArtRocker magazine, U.K.).
In their many combined years of touring, these road veterans have supported heavyweights from Smashing Pumpkins to The Jesus and Mary Chain, Swervedriver to TV on the Radio.
The summer and fall of 2012 saw Nightmare Air on an ambitious 3 ½ month world tour across the US, UK, and Europe playing festivals alongside The Buzzcocks, The Crocodiles, The Duke Spirit, Ice Age... as well over 40 club dates of there own. Also in 2012 in their hometown the band held support slots for Sonic Youth member Lee Ranaldo, UK legends The Wedding Present, as well as The Cult at their SXSW showcase. On the heals of the band's 2010 EP Nightmare Air were chosen to headline four nights of Toronto's Canadian Music Week, earning spins on the BBC and holding Top 10 status on college and indie radio in the US, Canada and the UK.
Nightmare Air have recently completed their debut studio full-length coming out in early 2013 on Saint Marie Records worldwide with exception to Vinyl Junkie releasing the album in Japan. The record was mixed by Dave Schiffman (Nine Inch Nails, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Mars Volta) with mastering by Howie Weinberg (Nirvana, Sonic Youth, The White Stripes). The album, still untitled and as-yet-unreleased, has already gotten its first kick of momentum — landing the track "Escape" featured on Under the Radar's sampler CD and in Filter Magazines "Discovering the Undiscovered"
YOUNG LIGHT took a bare-bones approach to the shoegaze indie-rock the members are known for playing, but minimal is not a word you'd ever find yourself using to describe them. While taking cues from the forefathers of the genre as well as stripped-down contemporaries like No Age and Japandroids, the YL songs evoke the swirling ethereal pop leanings of the first APOF album; concentrated, undiluted, and simplified.
In his turn as a solo performer, Michael Feerick of Amusement Parks On Fire (Filter, V2 Records), formed YOUNG LIGHT during a break in their activity and is joined by Micah Calabrese of Giant Drag, on drums and keyboards. While Feerick was dividing time in-between England and Los Angeles (where Calabrese resides); they wrote songs long-distance when they couldn't be in the same room together. They recorded Great White Arc in Chicago with Jeff Dean (engineer behind recent recordings by: Braid, Articles of Faith & Dead Ending) at Million Yen Studios.
The duo are planning US tour dates to promote the release in summer 2013. The EP includes special liner notes written for the release by Jeff Pezzati (Naked Raygun, Big Black).