Monday, June 25, 2012

Nightlife - A lot of dancing and awkward banter

Posted By on Mon, Jun 25, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Scrolling through the line up of this year's Merrick-N' Summer Fest, one band stood out to me -and it wasn't merely because I saw them staning very little chance, really, of standing-out to anyone who tried to Google their name, but more so because this duo put out a batch of splendid, subtly-glitzed, tastefully-synthed, all-out-dreamy-pop last year and have since been "infiltrating" Detroit venues from their homebase of Ann Arbor.




Listen: Nightlife - "Radio"

Beat-fuzz conjurer Darin Rajabian is succinct:

"We like love songs, and sad songs, ...and so, we write love songs and sad songs, ...put to new disco beats."

Rajabian and lyricist/singer Caroline Myrick are out to prove there's more quirks, more insight, and even more beats to be mined within the sometimes pigeonholed genre of what we bloggers deem: "electro-pop."

"Our approach to live performance is not as gimmicky as many bands similar to us-- we don't wear wild costumes or put on a light show, so it's a lot of dancing and awkward banter. We just try to enjoy the audience, while still getting lost within our songs."

Nightlife are part of the packed line-up for this year's Merrick'N Summer Fest by the Woodbridge Pug, where-at, aside from sublime suds and grilled munchies, you can hear sounds from Jamaican Queens, The Walking Beat...and more. (June 30).

The band's been going for two years solid and are working on their first proper full length, "Days in Other Days," and hope to release it by the end of the summer. 

"We're influenced by a lot of artists," says Rajabian, a producer in his own right, having recently helped out Ann Arbor folkie Nathan K. with his latest. "I mainly listen to Johnny Jewel and Johan Agebjorn, and Caroline seems to only listen to early 60's country, like Skeeter Davis.

They're in the middle of what's already been a busy year: a handful of shows at SXSW back in March, wrapping up studio sessions for "Days" and their latest Detroit stops.

"So, yeah..." says Rajabian. "Really, a lovely start to the year."

A completely un-searchable band. But not necessarily un-knowable. Go see 'em, have a listen. Ask 'em, in person, if they're inspired by that Alicia Bridges track.

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