Night Argent gave us a sneak peak of their self-titled debut EP a few weeks ago and we loved it! (You can read our review here.) It’s available now, so be sure to go check it out! We were also lucky enough to snag an interview with band’s keyboardist, Shane Santanna. These guys are amazing and if you haven’t had a chance to check them out, you should go do so ASAP! Without further ado, get to know a little more about Night Argent:
Lemonade Magazine: Hey guys! Thanks so much for taking the time to chat with us!
Shane: Our pleasure! Thanks for having us!
LM: When I first started listening to you guys, you were known as Goodnight Argent. What triggered the change to simply Night Argent?
Shane: We took a break from playing shows in an effort to finish our EP and focus on personal growth. During that time, we changed, drastically. We finally found our sound, and our image. After a lot of discussion, we decided a rebrand was needed. But when it came to the name change, we wanted to stay loyal to our home by keeping “Argent” in the name. “Night Argent” was majority ruled as a good middle ground.
LM: Sounds like a solid middle ground to me! How did you guys get started?
Shane: We all got our starts in music in different ways, at different times in life. As a band, we got started from a project that Chase had started years earlier. Chase and I (Shane) had been friends since we were young, so he had reached out about the project idea. Jeff and Evan came in after a chance meeting with Chase at a Yakima radio station. Then Zac was actually talking to Chase about his solo projects when we found out he was a drummer. Things just kind of fell into place, and we started growing together.
LM: Gotta love those happy coincidences! I know we’re all glad you all ran into each other. You guys have played with some big names, such as Imagine Dragons, Andy Grammar and X Ambassadors (all of which have been featured in the magazine). What was that like? Who else is on your bucket list to tour with?
Shane: It’s always amazing to be able to say that you played with a big name artist. And it’s a good reminder of what you’re sacrificing for. However, in the moment, it’s a bit intimidating. Haha. Our band bucket list is far too long to share all of, but includes Imagine Dragons and Mutemath.
LM: Both are great bands. Imagine Dragons is one of my personal favorites. I love your intense, unique sound, who are some of your musical inspirations?
Shane: Thank you so much! Well, coincidentally, Imagine Dragons and Mutemath (kind of gave it away in the last question). But we all draw from many different artists. The result of diverse inspiration is the song directing us, instead of us forcing a direction upon the song.
LM: Well that makes sense, haha. That’s a big part of what we love about you guys, you aren’t afraid to have a bit of diversity within an EP. It’s what makes you so great! What was your favorite part about making your debut EP?
Shane: Shaping the songs through our live shows. We’ve been playing these songs for a long time now, and they continued evolving right up until the final studio recording. But playing live allowed us to gauge crowd response to songs, and reactions to new parts, licks, or effects. So when our fans listen to the EP, they can rest assured that what they are hearing is a product of THEIR creative input. And we can’t thank them enough for that.
LM: I love that! And I’m sure you fans will, too. Speaking of shaping the songs, which song is your favorite on the EP?
Shane: I think band majority would say Kamikaze. The lyrics and instrumentation evoke such a powerful emotional response from us. We’ve all felt that hopelessness at some point in our lives, and playing that song allows us to share that honesty with our audience.
LM: I can only imagine that that would be a great song live! It’s got such great energy on the EP, my mind would likely be blown in a live performance! I’ve been fortunate enough to get an early listen at Night Argent EP and my first reaction is extreme excitement for you guys. This EP is magical. Can we expect to see you guys out on tour any time soon?
Shane: It means a lot to us that you enjoyed it. We’re in talks regarding Warped Tour this summer, and we just joined the AGI roster for additional bookings. So we’re definitely hoping that we’ll start touring more steadily soon.
LM: We’ll be sure to keep an eye out! Can you reveal any of your future plans? What do we have to look forward to after this amazing debut?
Shane: We’re just about finished with all the footage for our Widowmaker music video, so that will be debuted soon. We also head down to LA for a writing session with the legendary John Feldmann in a couple weeks, and couldn’t be more excited. After that, we’ll continue writing as we go, but we’re going to try focusing on playing more live shows and spreading our music as far and wide as possible.
LM: We hope to see you in the Seattle/Tacoma area! Best of luck to you guys and again, thank you so much for taking the time to chat with Lemonade! One final question for our namesake – what is your favorite type of lemonade?
Shane: Thanks again for having us! Favorite lemonade? I actually bartend at a local restaurant called Ethos Trattoria, and they make a Lavender Lemonade that is magical. So that’s the winner. Hands down.
LM: That sounds delicious! We’ll have to check it out if we’re ever on your side of Washington!