The Nighty Nite’s “Dimes In Their Dimples” is one of those very severe carnival-ish tracks that links Man Man’s goofball take on Tom Waits with the seriousness of progressive circus act, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum. Granted I’m point out to extreme cases on opposite ends of a musical device, but The Nighty Nite seems to fall somewhere between the two. It’s a good listen.
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Dimes In Their Dimples by The Nighty Nite by PMA
INTRODUCING THE NIGHTY NITE
DEBUT EP DIMPLES OUT ON GRAVEFACE 6-21-11
US TOUR DATES w/ THIS WILL DESTROY YOU
NEW MP3 AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD
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.
The Nighty Nite heads out for a US tour with This Will Destroy You beginning May 28th in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Full dates below.
LISTEN/DOWNLOAD THE NEW TRACK "DIMES IN THEIR DIMPLES" (from the Dimples EP): http://soundcloud.com/pma/dimes-in-their-dimples-by-the
THE NIGHTY NITE ON TOUR (w/ This Will Destroy You)
5.28 The Lightbulb Club - Fayetteville AR
5.29 MOTR - Cincinnati OH
5.30 The Summit - Columbus OH
6.1 Brighton Music Hall - Boston, MA
6.2 Bowery Ballroom - NY, NY
6.3 Johnny Brendas - Philadelphia, PA
6.4 Sonar Club Stage - Baltimore, MD
6.5 Rock and Roll Hotel - Washington DC
6.7 Strange Matter - Richmond, VA
6.8 Lexington Avenue Brewery - Ashville, NC
6.9 The Earl - Atlanta, GA
6.10 Spanish Moon - Baton Rouge, LA
6.11 The Double WIde - Dallas TX
6.12 The Parish - Austin TX
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