In the last week, I've heard NightraiN & Atomic Bride mentioned at least six times each in different (or the same) conversations. I figured I'd ask roughly the same questions to each band so we can all go ahead and get an idea of what is happening in the world of music today. It's insight, for free! NightraiN first:
Can you please explain to me what you're going after musically? Rachael F: I think we're going after your mom, musically. Maybe your hot ass sister. She digs pre-programmed midis on keyboard and dancing in polyester. Aside from that I think we try to connect with our audience through driving rhythms and soul-like harmonics. Our destination is balls deep. Selena: To express our diverse musical influences and create our own voice and unique sound which we have dubbed “Locomotive Punk” that is sort of a punk/funk/soul fusion.
NighTraiN: "Like the cheap wine, son! Hop on it, mother fucker!"
When did NighTraiN form? Selena: We were formed approximately 3.5 years ago for a stage production called "Hot Grits."
What are your prime musical influences? Rachael F: Ike Turner, Parliament, ODB, The Dictators, Captain Beefheart, Frank Zappa, ACE, James Brown, Chuck Berry, Grace Jones, Diana Ross, Cee-Lo, Dolemite, Chaka Khan and Rufus. Selena: Glam punk like the New York Dolls, Motown, James Brown and classical jazz. Nicole: Blues, Florence and the Machine, Kurt Cobain, Christina Aguilera, and The Wallflowers.
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Is everybody in the group from Seattle or did you come from other places? Selena: Selena Whitaker-Paquiet, our bass player, is the only true Seattlite. Our Drummer, Taryn Dorsey comes from Portland, Oregon and Rachael Ferguson and Nicole Peoples are from California. Rachael F: I’m from Pasadena. You know, where the 90210 house is. Nicole: I’m from San Jose, do you know the way?
Do you play a lot outside of Seattle? Rachael F: We just started to play out. We just got done with our west coast tour. Selena: This year we have made strides in performing out of state by doing a show first in Boise, Idaho and we just finished our west coast tour, which took us through Oregon, California and Nevada.
Have you released recordings? Selena: We first released an EP entitled NighTraiN and our first full length CD entitled NighTraiN dERAILED
What are the favorite foods of the group? Selena: Watermelon, tacos and anything that stays in the belly! We are very diverse in our eating habits, vegetarians, omnivores and cutetarians. Nicole: Watermelon, tacos, and almond butter! Rachael F: I’m the cutetarian. I don’t eat things that I think are cute. Fuck birds and fish. I’ll eat the hell out of them. Nothing cute about ‘em. Taryn: Breakfast sandwiches!
Is the name NighTrain more like NIGHT RAIN or NIGHT TRAIN OR BOTH? Selena: Actually it is NighTraiN (nTn, NtN) Rachael F: Like the cheap wine, son! Hop on it, mother fucker!
Where did the name NighTraiN come from? Selena: The James Brown dance!
Do the members of the group ever argue about anything? Have there been any fights of note? Selena: Yes, we have argued. We are passionate about the music so of course, that leads to disputes. It is upsetting to disagree or feel your contributions are not being recognized so all fights are of note. We have set rules for communication which has been very helpful in allowing everyone's voice to be heard. Nicole: I argue about a lot of things. Yeah... but we work it out. Rachael F: One time I shot Selena in the foot.
As a whole, what are some things that the group NighTrain love? Selena: Laughing, making music, bunnies, sparkly things and loving! Rachael F: Food and drinking and ogling at hot dudes. Nicole: All but one loves dick. Can you guess which one that is?
What can a person expect from the show Saturday night at the Funhouse? Selena: High energy entertainment and fun! Rachael F: Mayhem! Nicole: Pussies!
Well, well, wellington! Thanks a lot, NightraiN! Here's more from Atomic Bride:
Atomic Bride: Game of Thrones every Sunday night.
Can you please explain to me what you're going after musically? Astra: Musically, we try to create something cool by combining various styles that we love. Some heavily used Atomic Bride vocab words include: ‘space,’ ‘psych,’ ‘surf,’ ‘twang,’ acid rock and the obligatory ‘garage.’ Sometimes people say we're very upbeat, sometimes people label us dark and droney. The idea is to create original music that is interesting enough to intrigue the musical wizards, and yet catchy enough to captivate the casual listener.
When did Atomic Bride form? Astra: 2006
What are your prime musical influences? Astra: Weird War, Swans, The Cramps, Man or Astroman, The B-52’s, The Mars Volta and Lady Gaga.
Is everybody in the group from Seattle or did you come from other places? Astra: Coincidentally, we all moved here around the same time from other places including: Connecticut, Michigan, Montana, New Mexico, and New York. We’ve all been here 5-6 years now and have become complete (coffee) snobs.
Do you play a lot outside of Seattle? Astra: Not often enough! We're doing a show in Portland in July, thankfully. Best road trip we've had was playing Total Fest in Missoula, MT and floating the river a couple of years ago.
Have you released recordings? If so, what are they called? Astra:Music for the Manmade & Dead Air.
What are the favorite foods of the group? Astra: Nachos, Tacos, Sushi and CHEESE!!!
Where did the name Atomic Bride come from? Astra: Chris came up with the name.
Do the members of the group ever argue about anything? Have there been any fights of note? Astra: Yes, the name of the band. No REAL fights, but we're all friends, so we nitpick each other over songs, and set lists, and pretty much anything all the time.
As a whole, what are some things that Atomic Bride love as a group? Astra: We LOVE playing music together — in the practice space, on stage, in the studio. Also, we love going to shows. We love the spring rolls from Tangerine Tree. Also, Game of Thrones every Sunday night.
Can you please forward a high resolution promo picture that I can draw? Astra: With pleasure. (PHOTO NOT FORWARDED)
Saturday's complete lineup: The Connerys, NighTrain, Atomic Bride, The Apollos @ The Funhouse. Show starts at 9pm & will cost you $7. That's seven singles or a five & two singles. The Funhouse accepts larger bills and will provide you with change. Do not pay with coins, they're for pinball.