AN INTERVIEW WITH DATENIGHT
Buckle up cause Datenight is comin’ atcha. Putting the pedal to the metal, the Nashville based band’s need for speed is obvious upon introduction, from their album title to the way they tear through every song in less then 2 ½ minutes. In a frenzy of rubbery basslines and jerking guitars, the band seems to run every red light. What should be disconcerting about the pattern of abrupt stops and the breakneck speed creates something exhilarating. With the reckless aggression of punk and the warmth of pop, Datenight’s home recording bring a rough intimacy: like you’re sitting in Ben and Grayton’s parents house watching them play. After their show at Makeout Reef we spoke about house shows, The Stones, and a day in the life.
PICK AN ALBUM TO DESCRIBE YOURSELF.
Born in the U.S.A by Bruce Springsteen. I picked this album because I was born in the U.S.A
YOU GUYS RECORDED YOUR LATEST ALBUM AT HOME. DO YOU THINK THERE’S A DEGREE OF COMFORT THAT COMES WITH HOME RECORDING? HOW HAS IT INFLUENCED YOUR SOUND?
Because we did it ourselves it sounds raw and aggressive and we like that. That’s a lot of what we listen to. Doing it this way influenced the way the songs came out because we didn’t have to wake up early and go into a studio for a whole day and get as much done as possible. If we felt energetic and inspired about something we just came up with we could record it right then. There’s an energy you get with that that you’d lose if you tried to do it the next day.
YOU JUST PLAYED AT MAKEOUT REEF. WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT HOUSE SHOWS? FIRST MEMORY OF GOING TO ONE?
Yea Makeout Reef was great! We’d never been to South Carolina before so it was really fun to play there. We’ll definitely come back! The thing about house shows is no one is really in charge so anything could happen. It’s exciting. And obviously it’s not 18+ so anyone can come out and see a show. That’s why they’ve been so important to me. First show I ever went to was at a spot in Nashville called Mt. Swag and I saw the band Pujol and a few others play. I didn’t know anyone there, everyone was in their twenties and I think it was like a Tuesday, it was great!
YOU GUYS JUST RELEASED COMIN ATCHA ‘100 MPH! HOW DID ALL THE PIECES COME TOGETHER FOR THAT? MUSICAL INSPIRATIONS?
Well we had done a few 7”s with Drop Medium in 2017 and they wanted us to put a full length out and we wanted to do that as well so we just took it from there. When we were recording the album we’d been listening to a lot of proto punk bands like the Dictators and surf bands like the Ventures. It’s hard to say if what we listens to impacts our music though. Probably subconsciously. Our biggest nonmusical inspiration is Nashville.
WHAT SONG FROM COMIN ATCHA DO YOU FEEL BEST EXPRESSES WHAT WHO DATENIGHT IS?
“Poor Exchange” because it’s a punk song but it’s not afraid to sound like a pop song.
YOU HAVE A SONG CALLED “TENNESSEE RIDER” ON THE NEW ALBUM. HOW HAS TN INFLUENCED YOUR BAND?
I think the scene here when we were growing up is the reason we play music. If we hadn’t seen bands like Jeff the Brotherhood and read Nashville’s Dead we might not have cared to start a band or we might not have thought that it was even possible. It’s a lot harder now to see the impact the Nashville scene has on us as a band. I know it’s there though.
BEST AND WORST THINGS ABOUT BEING AN ARTIST IN THE 21ST CENTURY?
It’s hard to think of things that haven’t been done before. The best thing though is that you have access to like 80 years of rock n roll. That’s great.
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF DATENIGHT?
When we’re on tour if we don’t have a long drive we’ll wake up late and try to find something to eat for breakfast. We’ve been into looking up roadside American attractions lately. They’re always super strange and creepy. It’s a fun waste of time. We went to metropolis once, it was in Illinois I think, and they have a superman museum and a bunch of superman stuff throughout the town. That was one of the coolest ones. After we do that we’ll keep driving and we’ll play the show and hangout for the rest of the night. And hopefully wherever we stay has a TV and we’ll try and watch something.
ONE OF YOUR BANDCAMP TAGS IS STONES > BEATLES. WHY?
Yea that was a joke, I didn’t think anyone read those. But it’s true the Stones are better than the Beatles. I don’t know how much a direct influence they’ve had on us, but I do know “Midnight Rambler” is their best song.