Having only released their first single earlier this year, NightLives have already been performing live and planning on releasing a second single in 2017. In Punk We Trust caught up with the Cardiff based electro-punk group just before Christmas to find out how their first year together has been.
Current line up:
Dafydd ‘Taf’ Richards – Vocals and electronics, 22
Ryan James – Guitar, 21
Caleb Priday-Jeremiah – Drums, 20
How long have you been a band?
Ryan: Officially we’ve only been a band since the start of October 2016, but we have been writing the songs together for about half a year now.
How did you all start playing together?
Ryan: Me and Taf lived together for a year and I started stepping in for his band who were without a guitarist at the time. When our old bands split up, me and Taf started jamming some song ideas together and it progressed naturally from there.
Taf: We found that there was a really natural chemistry with the way we were writing that we just had to take forward into a new band.
What’s the craziest thing to have happened at a gig?
Ryan: Well we’ve only played two live shows so far, but I’ve already managed to trip over Taf. Taf: He hit the floor mid song and still didn’t miss a note.
What’s the worst Christmas present you’ve ever received?
Taf: A bag of toothpicks, which is at least useful I guess.
What influences your music the most?
Ryan: We have a wide range of musical influences from Rage Against the Machine and Enter Shikari to… Taf: Pendulum, Muse, My Chemical Romance, you name it. Our individual musical tastes are broad and I think that shows through in our music in subtle ways.
What’s your favourite moment as a band so far?
Ryan: Whenever Caleb stops talking. Those are rare, but great moments.
Taf: That and the release of our first single Tierra Muerta, which went live while we were queuing for a ride in Thorpe Park.
What’s next for you guys?
Taf: We have a new single written and ready to record in the new year, which we are very, very excited about.
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