A classically trained jazz-drummer and an indie loving bassist may not seem like a heavenly musical partnership but Ed and Lee’s friendship, and more importantly the band Night Engine which was borne from it, sure does make celestial, euphoric tunes. The addition of slick and sweet songwriting from Phil and party keyboards from Dom makes for the type of music that makes us want to spend the entire night writhing on the dance floor. With such a tight set and a specific sound you might be shocked to know Night Engine came to be just one year ago but they’re already creating quite a stir on the music scene. Just a couple of months ago we saw them rock out at the lovely but miniscule Sebright Arms and just last night they played the crème de la crème of venues, London’s Roundhouse. As for the music itself? The comparison between David Bowie have come thick and fast and the Guardian’s Paul Lester called them “funky rock” but we like to think of it in a more simple way – Night Engine are creating exactly the kind of music we want to dance to. We spoke with the awesome foursome about simplicity and what’s to come.
How did Night Engine come to be?
Dom and I knew each other from primary school, Ed and I met at work, and Lee and Ed met at a wedding. We got together early last year to try out a few songs I had and it went from there.
What’s the inspiration behind the band and the music?
Simplicity, directness and fun. We want to write songs that will make people instinctively react.
What music do you listen to on the road?
Analogue Africa compilations, Queens of the Stone Age, The Pixies, Grizzly Bear and best of all the I, Partridge: We Need To Talk About Alan audiobook.
What’s the best gig you’ve ever played?
Supporting Kaiser Chiefs at Manchester Apollo. Playing to 3000 lovely people at an amazing venue. Top notch.
Who would you most love to collaborate with?
Todd Rundgren, David Byrne or Anna Calvi.
How would you describe your sound?
Driving bass and drums, manic synths, rhythmic guitar lines and big group vocals. We call our music brutal pop, it’s pop riffs but delivered with aggression.
How would you describe your style?
Simple and bold with block colours.
If you weren’t musicians what would you be doing?
A mixture of crying, eating junk food and watching news 24.
Watch Night Engine’s new track Seventeen below.
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