Surprise! Yesterday, Night Verses dropped a surprise EP to give fans a taste of what their sound is like now that they went instrumental. Long time fans will still find their pulverizing rhythms and insane syncopation part of the formula. The EP, entitled Copper Wasp, is only three tracks but showcase a depth of songwriting that goes beyond being a three piece, the progressions are maxed out in energetic pumps of pure adrenaline. The title track has a sludgy riff that carries the song through a decadent atmosphere. That bending motif that encompasses the middle of the track moves incredibly well, producing emotions and feelings without needing words. “Vantablonde” is a magnificent display of utilizing dynamics to their full potential, and “Vice Wave” has an incredible vibe that rips through walls of distortion and leads of chaos. Having been a fan of the act since their debut LP, this EP only radiates more excitement for what is to come next. The EP was released via Equal Vision Records and can be streamed below.
New Noise Magazine is pleased to bring forth a short interview about Copper Wasp, the surprise EP and going instrumental with the almighty Night Verses. Copper Wasp was recorded with Will Putney. Night Verses is guitarist Nick DePirro, bassist Reilly Herrera and drummer/percussionist Aric Improta.
Night Verses has gone instrumental, did that change any of the headspace for creating music?
Yes, but I think we’ve approached each record with a different headspace. With this new record, it was a goal of ours to fill up as much sound as possible between 3 people, while still actually pulling it all off live. Not just technically speaking, but atmospherically as well. We were focused on the mood of each song, and the feeling you get when you listen to it.
What have you seen open up in your sound without vocals? This EP sounds like there’s a bit more push in the atmosphere and punch of each song, if that makes sense.
With the instruments being the only focus, we were able to really layer sounds and create a deeper space within a lot of these songs. We also pushed ourselves to our physical limits at times through out the record. Speaking for myself, I am doing more movement with my guitar and pedals than any record previously, and I’ve also included an 8 string guitar, and an acoustic guitar for the first time, which added some new dynamics as well.
Even without lyrics, each song seems to float along the idea of a theme or group of emotions, was that the intent?
(NICK) We wanted the songs to be reminiscent of dream sequences. Some songs will more on the mellow side, and some on the more heavy and technical side. There are also a few that go through a range of mellow and chaotic moments.
I’ve always found that I love listening to instrumental music when I cook, do you find that instrumental music often accompanies different activities in your lives (besides making it the job now)?
Yeah, I think instrumental music provides the best background to activities. It’s easy to get lost in if you want to, but it’s also easy to just hear the rhythms and pace as a pulse to what you’re doing. I listen to instrumental music the most when I’m driving. The atmosphere gets more enhanced by what I’m listening to, and vice versa.
I like that you all still retain motifs in the music, bringing them back with different treatments, like on “Vice Wave!” i think it’s a nice touch that the music is familiar while still maintaining the incredible prowess of every musician, is it more free to build parts however you see fit now?
(ARIC) Thank you. If a part is fun enough to play, we usually try to repeat it in some form or another. I think a lot of our favorite songs growing up where often based off of 1 or 2 good riff or ideas, so even when we push ourselves to explore how far we can take a song, we are never really opposed to repeating the best parts. We just don’t want them to ever feel stale coming back around, so it usually has to really stand out for us to want to bring it back.
The opening of “Vantablonde” even more showcases how tight knit the rhythmic patterns are between you, how do songs come together within this hyper intense style of play?
(ARIC) I’d say about 80% of the songs start on drums and it’s been that way for a while. I’ve been very lucky in that way, because it leaves me with a lot of creative freedom to get as complex as I want. But the only reason it’s continued that way is because both Nick and Reilly are extremely good at building off of rhythmic ideas. If they weren’t, we would’ve switched it up along time ago. That being said, the couple songs on the album that I didn’t start are some of my favorites we’ve done and I’d also like to stress that every song is a pretty equal collaboration. We all trust each other at this point, I just happen to usually initiate the song’s pace/beginning ideas.
With this glimpse of the music now, I can’t wait for the full length! Thanks again, any last words?
(ARIC) Just want to thank everyone for taking the time to check this release out. These are the first three songs we are releasing from LP3, so if you dig them, chances are you’ll like the full length. Also, there are no backing tracks, nothing is programmed, so everything you are hearing is played by hand or foot between the three of us and will also he performed that way live.
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Full Tour Dates
w/ INTERVALS, Jason Richardson + Nick Johnston
1/19 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
1/20 – St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
1/21 – Wichita, KS @ Rock Island Live
1/23 – Albuquerque, NM @ The Jam Spot
1/24 – Phoenix, AZ @ Pub Rock
1/25 – Fullerton, CA @ Slidebar
1/30 – Los Angeles,CA @ 1720
2/2 – Portland, OR @ Analog Theatre
2/3 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater
2/4 – Spokane, WA @ The Pin
2/5 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
2/7 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
2/9 – Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th Street Collective
2/10 – Ft. Worth, TX @ Rail Club
2/11 – Austin, TX @ Come & Take It Live
2/12 – Houston, TX @ Scout BAr
2/13 – New Orleans, LA @ Southport Music Hall
2/15 – Tampa, FL @ Orpheum
2/16 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
2/17 – Greensboro, NC @ Blind Tiger
2/18 – Baltimore, MD @ SoundStage
2/19 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry at The Fillmore
2/20 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
2/21 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
2/22 – Montreal, QC @ Cafe Campus
2/23 – Toronto, CA @ Opera House