It seems, these days, that heavy-hitting, brooding boy-band rock collectives are a quintessential part of the pop music scene. From the predecessors Imagine Dragons and Bastille, Night Argent
rises with vindication and excitement. After landing a spot on Warped Tour from winning a highly competitive battle of the bands, Night Argent's melancholic yet anthemic pop has been met with wide acclaim and delight. With numerous awards under their belt, Night Agent is on a definitive rise in 2015 and are more than ready to breakthrough with their unique brand of powerful jams.
Their single "Nothing More Beautiful" is nothing less than an anthem. With the vocals reverberating and echoing, the sound envelops the listeners into a stadium of thunderous power-pop. Through shimmering synths, Chase Manhattan's voice enters like a mighty deity guiding us through the darkness. It's half sweet and half snarl, with Manhattan's vocal tone shifting drastically throughout the song from beckoning softness to calamitous yelp. With unavoidable drum hits and boastful guitar, anthemic is the sole adjective to describe the music of Night Argent. With a bright future ahead, this bands brute force is unequivocally succeeding. Baeble got a sneak peak interview with the band to talk the new EP, prosperity, and what the future holds for the band. Check out the Q&A and Night Argent's "Nothing More Beautiful" below.
It's a bit of a bold strategy going on tour and performing at SXSW before you've even released your first EP; what prompted the rush to hit the road with only a single for your fans to become familiar with?
Night Argent: We had spent the past year figuring out who we were going to be as a band, what we were going to do to set ourselves apart and break through the noise. Once we took that step into the public eye, releasing our debut single on Redbull.com, we got contacted to play SXSW, and ended up winning the Ernie Ball battle of the Bands and earning a spot on this years Vans Warped Tour. It has all happened so fast, and the success we've had we attribute to the time we have spent preparing, recording our music, and perfecting our live show. Now we're picking up all these new fans, and they get to take this Journey with us as we release this new music into the world. Our fans mean everything to us, and being able to share this experience with them is an incredible feeling.
"Nothing More Beautiful" really builds itself up before you hit us with the chorus, a sound familiar with the anthemic styles of bands like X Ambassadors and Imagine Dragons. Are these the types of bands you relate yourself to?
They're definitely bands we've admired and look up to. While writing and recording our EP, we didn't set out to sound like any particular band, but we took inspiration from the best parts of the music we love and made it our own.
The grand sparks and flares demonstration in the video for "Nothing More Beautiful" agrees with the lyrics, but it also features a peculiar opening with the wolf and bloodied hand. Is there something you were drawing off of when making this video?
We set out to create a video that was not only visually stimulating, but would also make the viewer actually listen to the lyrics and meaning behind the song, and then come to their own conclusion on the meaning behind the video. We wrote the song as an inspirational anthem, but there can be no light without darkness, and it's that triumph over hopelessness and despair that inspires people.
Your second single, "Comet (Light It Up)" fits well next to "Nothing More Beautiful" but the subject matter feels darker. How expansive will this first EP be?
When you listen through our EP, you'll notice the subject matter and vibe of the music gets darker and darker, but the energy still continues to build. We wanted to take our fans on an emotional journey with this EP, and ease them into the heavier side of our music. Every song we write comes from a place of honesty and experience, it's how we connect with our fans and give them a better glimpse into who we are. When someone comes up to us and tells us one of our songs has helped them through a rough time, or has connected with them in a meaningful way, it makes all of the hard work pay off.