Night Goat – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
NG: An experimental DARK/exorcism type noise rock kind of band that is open to all things heavy
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself:
NG: Night Goat began as a healthy and creative outlet for the dark/unsettling side of life and the need to express thoughts associated with a series of traumatic and disturbing events that occurred (for Julia/Chris). Ongoing it has become a raging vehicle to explore the dark/noisy/heavy/doomy side of music
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
NG: Musical influences: The Jesus Lizard, Sonic Youth, the Melvins, Craw, Bloodlet, Helmet, early Soundgarden, Whores, Unsane, Bummer
Non-musical Influences: Trauma, horror movies/stories, death
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
NG: To keep creating music and art that does not “fit into the box”
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
NG: Most of the songs are written by Chris Bentley (lead guitarist) as they get started. Then everyone else in the band adds something to bring to the mix. Watching the songs come to life this way makes songwriting an experience for the entire band. Lyrics come from experiences we have had or seen, and are written by Chris and Julia.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
NG: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Flyers, Word of mouth and online networking
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
NG: I think downloading music online is a convenient way to get music into the hands of people that are not living in the same region of the country, that’s for sure. I think it sparks people to want to buy the album and other merchandise.
PD: What’s your outlook on the record industry today?
NG: I think it is great that records are selling again. Records just sound so much better than digital!
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
NG: The one I haven’t written yet, because it’s been inside me brewing for a while…
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
NG: Egomaniacs in the scene. I believe in supporting local music, and that means showing up for gigs that one is not on the bill for.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
NG: My proudest moment personally was actually getting the guts to spill my rage onto the stage. Night Goat opened for Whores (12/2018) Cherubs (7/2019)…It is both very vulnerable and empowering for me to rage onstage as I do. In a world where women are considered “bitches” if they are outspoken or demonstrate rage, it’s nice to have a sacred space to not be judged for the kind of vocals I produce. I’ve always been watching the bands, but this is my first experience fronting one, and it’s been so fun!
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there:
NG: Our next shows are 11/22/19 in Toledo, OH at Frankie’s Underground, 12/7/19 at The Matinee in Akron, OH and 12/28/19 at Buzzbin in Canton, OH.
12/28/19 is Night Goat album release “Milk,” and will be a freight train of rage to ring in the new decade!