Ahead of their two-night streak at the Fine Line, we got to ask Night Moves a few questions. Read what they had to say below, and don’t miss them at the Fine Line this Friday and Saturday, opening for The Lemon Twigs.
Elizabeth Legatt: You guys have been friends since high school, so what was the push in 2009 to form Night Moves? Had you previously been making or playing music together?
NM: We all had bands in high school and once we all had graduated they all disbanded. We decided we wanted to keep playing music together. I had a sound inside my head that I wanted to realize so I thought I’d give it a try. We all wanted to make something that was more representative of who we were and what kinda of music we liked, so we took our time and eventually released Colored Emotions 2.5 years later.
EL: I’ve noticed in listening to your music that you have a nostalgic vibe. Do any specific artists inspire your unique sound?
NM: Carole King, The BeeGees, The Flying Burrito Brothers, The Spinners
EL: Along similar veins, what kind of process goes into songwriting for you?
NM: I just record and demo over and over until I have all the arrangements and tones dialed. Things usually start out small and become rather large the more I play them and tool around with variations of patterns. I listen to them for awhile and let things stew and then I return and further prune and sculpt the tunes until I’m satisfied. I usually have several different versions of a song by the end. It’s a process I suppose…
EL: You’ve had the awesome opportunities to work alongside artists Har Mar Superstar, Polica, Father John Misty, and Lord Huron in recent years – what influence have these experiences had on your music and career moving forward?
NM: Yes, we’re very fortunate! Probably that if we keep this up we’ll probably own an ironing board at some point.
EL: Do you have any pre-performance rituals or traditions?
NM: No, not really. As I’ve gotten older I’ve either gotten worse at singing or better, either way, I guess the only ritual I have is drinking this Pang Da Hai tea my buddy turned me on to, it’s good for the voice. I hope we don’t turn into one of those bands that has to play obo shin otten totten before they figured it out and can face the crowd.
EL: If you could claim any piece of art as your own, what would it be and why?
NM: Great question! Probably the song “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow,” written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin, because it sounds like magic and is so hauntingly beautiful.
EL: What is the last song you listened to? OR if you can’t remember, who are you currently listening to?
NM: Johnny Paycheck- Sunday Morning Comin’ Down
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