Guitar music is not in the best position right now. Interview with Eighteen Nightmares At The Lux
Music at the junction of honesty and outrageous is Eighteen Nightmares At The Lux. Sometimes it seems that they belong to a different era – the times when the concerts of glam rock and punk stars were a real escape from the gray routine for ordinary English youth who belonged to the working class.
If they did not exist in reality, there would certainly be a writer or screenwriter who would invent and drive crazy thousands of fans and fans of fan fix. Fortunately, Eighteen Nightmares At The Lux is more than real, and in September 2014 returned to the big road with the new EP “Mouth To Mouth” and a UK mini-tour.
On this occasion, BritishWave.ru learned about the history of Londoners and their plans for the future.
Hello! Let’s start with the obvious: introduce yourself.
Shimon (vocals, guitar), Konstantin (bass, vocals), Greg (guitar) and Alex (drums).
Eighteen Nightmares At The Lux seems to be a group that could only have arisen in London, a creative and diverse city with a rich musical heritage. The four of you are also very different, and it’s hard to imagine how you got together. Tell us how the group formed.
We kind of found each other at school, because this (music lesson – ed.) Was the only thing we wanted to do. The group was a duet at first (Shimon and Konst) and arose a couple of years before we found the missing members around 2007, and then there were four of us.
It seems you are destined to answer this question, as it worries many fans. Where did the name come from?
The name refers to the Paris red light district, where we spent a lot of time together several years ago.
Your new EP came out in September. Tell us about the new record and is it very different from the previous work “Pig”?
The new EP “Mouth To Mouth” consists of 4 tracks produced by the wizard Sean Genoki in his sonic dungeon. All tracks are different from each other, but in general, the recording has a more mundane mood than the previous one.
What inspired the writing of the EP and the writing of the music by you as a whole?
The new entry addresses the theme of “loser” in many ways. We played a lot with ideas such as desire, lust, power and crime – all that most people cannot but hide. Our lyrics mean different things to different people, so they are always open to interpretation.
It’s noticeable that on the way from “Fuzz Candy” to “Pig” you have changed a lot and moved from straightforward rockabilly and rock and roll to a heavy, more dirty garage sound. You also got rid of the keys and harmonics. What influenced these changes?
I think this is an accurate reflection of how we developed on and off stage. We are a guitar band at its core, but we always try other instruments to create the sound we like. If this sounds interesting to us, we will use it.
I can not resist and do not ask, where did the makeup and the idea of the Gothic image come from in principle?
Our image is naturally formed by our music, and although we do not quite consider ourselves a Gothic group, our music has an element of this style in itself.
Your 6ft 6 and Dead As A Bone videos look impressive and very original. Where did their ideas come from?
The video for Dead As A Bone was written and directed by James Moran (Cockney vs. Zombies), so those who are familiar with his work will understand where the idea came from. For “6ft 6” we came up with the concept ourselves, spontaneously and without much planning. We all liked the fisheye static camera that shot us, creating the effect of peeping. Well, and what place could be better than a toilet?
You look and sound very old-school and fresh at the same time. Influences from the past are pretty obvious, but what new music do you like?
We listen to a variety of new bands, such as Girl Band, The Amazing Snakeheads and Metronomy.
You played on “Alternative Escape” (independent direction of The Great Escape festival in Brighton – Ed.) This year. Do you think that he was successful for you in terms of a new audience or in any other way?
We enjoyed playing on “Alternative Escape”. There was good rumor about Brighton, and it felt like the crowd on both shows was there for the music that you don’t get everywhere.
Are there any plans to release a full album and go on tour outside of London and Brighton?
We will play some gigs in the UK to help promote the new EP. Portsmouth, Liverpool. Bristol and Leicester, to name a few. In terms of the album, we are going to see how everything goes at the end of the year, and we will act as it seems right.
Nearing the end of the interview, what is your measure of success? When will you know that you did this?
Well, we all know that guitar music is not in the best position right now, so we immediately come across a different measure of success. We are going to always continue to make music that feels right for us, and we hope that others will appreciate it. It means a lot when we find people who understand what we are doing.