THE NIGHTY NITE
John Congleton and Jason Garner of The Paper Chase have teamed up with some good friends to form a new band called The Nighty Nite. Joining them are members of Wires Under Tension (Chris Tignor), Shearwater (Kevin Schneider), and the Hospital Ships (Jordan Geiger). The band's debut EP Dimples is set for release on June 21st via Graveface and sounds like the soundtrack to a tragic black comedy, as if Woody Allen made a horror movie about a punk rock band.
The four songs on The Nighty Nite's Dimples EP echo and marry John Cale's sardonic mix of pop/orchestra/skronk and the atmospheric doom of late-period Scott Walker. "Some people have told me it's the darkest thing I've ever done", says Congleton. "I don't know if I agree but so be it if so."
Congleton's lyrics on the EP are sharpened to an existential point, vacillating cleverly between tragedy and comedy, as in "Dimes In Their Dimples", when the band follows his line, "God, you gave them lips but they still speak of nothing less than the odious things, and all that portly cargo they're still shlepping," with a truly terrifying musical rise and crescendo in noise. Following this, "Silly Bag" and "In My Hospital Gown" are similarly unflinching and touch on the humiliation that frequently surrounds disease and mental illness. The tone is summed up in the final song, a cover of Magnetic Fields' "Meaningless", where Congleton yells like a charismatic preacher and The Nighty Nite pounds stupidly behind him until a key change inverts the song ultimately into the sound of triumph, a strangely contradictory uplift.
GRAVE060 : Dimples