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InterviewsIntroducing Night By Night

Posted on Friday, December 28 2012 @ 11:54:28 CST by Dean Pedley
Heavy Metal A young band that have made considerable progress over the past twelve months, Night By Night have enjoyed favourable reviews from melodic rock publications Classic Rock AOR and Fireworks amongst others. A band that takes their sound from the 80's blueprint of classic three part harmonies and big choruses and brings it right up to date with a contemporary edge they are drawing in fans from the melodic rock community and beyond. With their new singer recently unveiled at a showcase London gig, Night By Night are now moving towards the release of their debut album in the coming months. Sea of Tranquillity's Dean Pedley sat down with guitarist Ben Christo to discover more about the Night By Night story so far…

Ben, it's good to speak with you today…tell us about your Hard Rock Hell experience

We played here on Thursday night on the second stage and we got a great reception. Playing here is quite a big deal for us because obviously it is such a well-known festival and we really enjoyed it. Often with the festival vibe you are on and off very quickly and when there are so many bands on and so little time there are issues with the sound and not being able to hear everything on stage but we are used to that. And one of the coolest things we met some people from Edinburgh who had travelled down just to see us which is great for the band that were the second band on stage and that meant a lot to us and is very encouraging and makes you think that we must be doing something right somewhere

Take me through the background of Night By Night and how you have got to where you are now

Started in 2008 as a four piece, we are now a five piece, and we were very clear when we started out that we wanted to draw on all of the 80's influences that we have and bring it up to date – specifically not the Guns N Roses, Motley Crue sleaze side of things but more the sounds of Def Leppard, Journey, Foreigner and Harem Scarem. So three part vocal harmonies, interesting songs, big choruses, less sleazy and more song based and mix it up with newer bands like Alter Bridge and Shinedown with the bigger riffs. So that was our vision when we started and I had never been involved in a project before where we had such a clear idea right at the very start about what we wanted to do

Harem Scarem – what a great band, very underrated and in my opinion they should have been as successful as some of the others that you mentioned. I believe they have given you some very good feedback

The nice thing about Harem Scarem is with all the Facebook links you can often find these people and write to them which I did with Pete Lesperance and sent him a link to our video. He immediately got back to me and was very positive because it has kind of a 'Mood Swings' album feel to it and he mentioned us on his site and sent us a quote for our website. Also Ted Poley from Danger Danger loves us and he was wearing a Night By Night t-shirt when he was at Firefest earlier this year and someone asked him about it and he started singing one of our songs. So these bands that we absolutely love are now appreciating what we are doing and Bill Leverty from Firehouse has also been bigging us up and when you got the guys that inspired you in the first place genuinely enjoying what we are doing then we must be on the right track

You've had a few changes in personnel along the way

Well for two years I was the frontman and the guitarist and we reached a celling of what we could do because I'm only an OK singer and we realised that we didn't have the resources within the band to make what was in our heads a reality. So about eighteen months ago we expanded to a five piece with a stand-alone singer and 'expanded the musical palette' of what we were doing. We are very fortunate that we have a drummer and lead guitarist that are very technically capable should we need them to be and so that means I can do a lot of song writing, play about three chords, sing some backing vocals and pose (laughs). It has taken a long time to get everyone together that can create the vibe that we wanted. We toured with Jettblack around the UK and Ireland in October and it went really well. Our best gigs were Wolverhampton, Nottingham and London but the whole tour was very enjoyable and we spoke to people after the London gig and there was a buzz and a real feeling that something was happening and it was working and then about a week later our lead singer quit…

Probably not something you were expecting to happen given how far the band has come on the last twelve months or so

In order to make any money at doing this now it is very hard and challenging and you have to be very innovative and he didn't see a future financially in what we were doing and so he decided to do something else. It was a shame but we put adverts around the various websites and on-line communities and we were inundated with applications. Pretty much straight away we watched the promo video from one of the guys and he was perfect – great look, right age, great presence and a strong voice and experience from his previous band who had toured with Extreme and Iron Maiden and appeared at the Download festival. (Later revealed to be former Voodoo Six vocalist Henry Rundell who made his Night By Night debut in December) So we all thought that this guy seems kind of perfect for us and theoretically we should look around more but if we don't feel that anything is missing why should we waste any more time

So when can we expect to see the album out and available to buy?

Well we have to re-record the vocals on the album now which is slightly annoying but inevitable and get it mixed in January and try to get it out around April or May 2013. We have recently come in contact with some management who like what we are doing and been very supportive. They have their own label which it will be released on and then distribute it through EMI which is what they have done with other artists and they have in-house PR, a good publisher and plenty of contacts. So it looks very promising and we just have to make sure we remain on schedule

And once the album is out I guess you will look to tour as much as time, finances and logistics allow

After we've revealed the new singer we'll hopefully play some showcases early in the year and that will help us to get on some of the festivals in England and Germany and also get some decent supports and move forwards from there. We simply want to be able to do this and for it to be sustainable and pay us a very basic wage – and that would be enough because we all enjoy it so much

From what I have seen and heard of Night By Night so far they are a very promising young band with real drive, passion and commitment for what they are doing. For more on Night By Night and to check out some of their music including debut video 'Time To Escape' head over to http://nightbynight.co.uk/


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