9:30 Club presents at U Street Music Hall - Early Show
Albert Hammond Jr.
1115 U Street NW
Washington, DC, 20009
Albert Hammond Jr.
There are bands, and then there are brotherhoods. The former does not the latter make, but the five members of Nightbox grew up in the same town, went to the same school, and fell in love with the same sounds.
Their bond is uncommonly deep and so is their musicality. Attend a Nightbox show and you’ll be struck by just how many ideas are expressed in tandem, all constructed to fit together like some bizarre Techno-color pop puzzle. Your body and brain will gyrate at the same time, and you’ll experience a sort of synesthesia where you can’t tell which instrument is keeping time and which is sounding a melody; bass lines, guitar lines and tom fills all ducking and weaving around each other in a helix of awesome. You will no doubt, begin to get a sense of the glorious noise these five young Irish lads are creating.
After releasing their debut EP in 2011, critical and commercial reaction was noteworthy on a world scale. The music video for single “Pyramid” earned heavy rotation on Canadian music television stations, and the track was selected to appear on the prestigious French label Kitsune’s Maison Compilation 11. It was chosen by the NME as a Top-10 download, stating it takes on “a fresh sound of its own,” while UK’s Dazed & Confused magazine raved it “takes a hedonistic approach with high energy results on a new breed of dance.” The EP’s release in Japan on Rallye Label, sold out on its initial offering.
Nightbox proceeded to tear up festival tent stages on both sides of the Atlantic, most notably during their barnstorming sets for packed houses at Reading & Leeds and Ireland’s Electric Picnic Festival, where BBC exclaimed “The glitchy synths and the guitars sounded delightful…and by jove do they know how to write a hook,” ranking Nightbox’s performance Top-10 of the entire festival.
Nighbox have just wrapped the debut album with MSTRKRFT production wiz Al-P. Recent direct support slots for Ellie Goulding, Cults, Death from Above 1979, and Canadian & UK tours with Juno Award winner Lights, and are soon to announce several dates in North America and Europe. Dance floors will be soaked. Bring a mop.