A NIGHT LIKE THIS (from l-r): Ronan Samolinski (drums), Dan O’Brien (guitar), Dom Hoven (vocals), Josef Lovett (bass/vocals)
INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
A Night Like This, an alternative rock four-piece from south Wales with post-hardcore and emo influences, have been on a roll ever since the release of their first single, ‘Survival’, last year.
The band, who specialise in writing songs that are about real, important topics that their rapidly-expanding fan base can relate to, have brought out a positively-received debut EP, ‘Between Hell & Home’, and have supported the likes of Blood Youth, Loathe, and Holding Absence.
With a new track, entitled ‘Throne’, having just been unveiled, the quartet spoke to me about that, all of the above, and more.
How did the band form?
Friends coming together through a mutual love of music and composition.
From where did the name A Night Like This originate?
It’s really simple, and quite boring – the truth is we were at a practice, and said, “It would be great to play a show on a night like this“, and at that point, we had not yet named the band, so one of us jokingly said, “Hey, that works, A Night Like This – we have our name“, and it just stuck.
What would you say was your songwriting approach?
We all individually demo at home, all throw our ideas into the bag, so to speak, then we talk it out, see who likes what elements, and combine them to get the finished product in a practice room.
It can be a lengthy process of chopping and changing, as with anything – but we are proud of the results we can achieve when we work as a unit.
In May, the band brought out a debut EP, entitled ‘Between Hell & Home’, which followed on from last year’s first single release, ‘Survival’. How was the reaction to the EP?
The initial response was incredible. We headlined a release show at Sin City in Swansea to over 100 people, which is our largest hometown crowd to date – we sold out of multiple items of merch, and everyone was, in general, thrilled with the outcome.
We went on to play a four-day weekend tour to promote its release in July, and then a UK headline tour in September, and the overall response has been great.
You’ve just unveiled a new single, ‘Throne’, which was recorded with Michael “Padge” Paget, the lead guitarist of Bullet For My Valentine. How was working with him as an experience?
Honestly, it was surreal – Bullet For My Valentine are a band that every single one of us has been a fan of for quite some time, but Padge was an absolute pleasure to work with, and he made the whole experience really fun for all of us – we even shared a few beers.
However, we also really need to mention Drew Hamley (Unit 15 Productions/bassist of I Fight Bears) for his work alongside Padge, as the single was co-produced, and together, they are an incredible team.
And for those who have yet to listen to the track, what can they expect of it?
Something a little different to the previous release, a step towards our newer sound – slightly heavier, but still with that catchy chorus edge and combining multiple elements.
You can expect a balance of clean vocals, screams, classic post-hardcore riffs combined with a touch of ambience, and lots of melody.
Live, the band have supported the likes of Holding Absence, Shields, and more recently, Blood Youth, Emp!re, and Loathe. How were they as experiences?
Every single one of those bands are an inspiration to us as a collective, all incredible musicians, and just all-around good people. We’ve had the honour of playing with Holding Absence on two occasions – both have been incredible, and Lucas Woodland, their frontman, has been good enough to share our previous single releases on his social media channels.
The most recent show was with Blood Youth, and playing with such a respected touring band (in the main support slot position) was incredible, especially in such a small, intimate venue.
And how is it overall, for you all, performing on stage?
We all live and breathe this band, we play every show like it’s our last – we aren’t just band mates, we’re a family. Whether we play to a handful of people, or a full room, each show is an experience in its own right, and we will ALWAYS play to our heart’s content.
On December 15, the band will be supporting Dream State in Swansea. I can imagine that’s something you’re all looking forward to.
Of course, as they’ve come an incredibly long way in the last year or so, and the show is likely to be a sell-out. They’re a strong example of what can become of local music, as a few years ago, they were playing tiny venues in south Wales to small crowds, and now, they’re playing every major festival, and going on huge tours.
Anyone who hasn’t got tickets should get them now, as they’re selling fast. (Cheeky plug, buy online at www.derricksmusic.co.uk)
And what are your plans following that?
We will be going away for a little while – we can’t say too much yet, but all will be revealed in due course. We know what you’re thinking, and the answer is that is no, we’re not splitting up.
And finally, what is the band’s long-term aim?
‘THRONE’, THE NEW SINGLE FROM A NIGHT LIKE THIS, IS AVAILABLE NOW.
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