Song of the Day: Black Nite Crash - The Story of Me and You

Black Nite Crash

Black Nite Crash on KEXP at CMJ 08
photo by Doron Gild

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Morning Show host John Richards is “The Story of Me and You” by Black Nite Crash from the split 7″ single available through Custom Made Music.

Black Nite Crash - The Story of Me and You (mp3)

Today’s selection comes from a limited edition split 7″ release from local shoegazers Black Nite Crash. If you haven’t heard of this group yet, you should. They are an interesting blend of their influences which include shoegaze (you might recognize their name from one of Ride’s biggest songs), new wave and garage rock. I got the opportunity to talk with Jim Biggs about this song and what BNC has been up to since we saw them at CMJ last year.

Are you planning to include this on your next album or will this be a stand-alone release?

It will appear on our next album as well, but likely with some re-recording and remixing, so the single still is an “exclusive” version.

It’s long been my dream to be the kind of band that has a complicated back catalog full of alternate and rare versions...

What’s the story behind “The Story of Me and You?”

It’s the mostly-true autobiographical story of how my wife and I got together and our first trip away as a couple. That’s the short version. The long version has to do with infidelity, pain, passion, longing and copious amounts of alcohol.

In general, what’s your song writing process? Is it a pretty collaborative effort from the band or is there a primary songwriter? Has it changed any with the line up changes BNC went through?

There isn’t “a” primary songwriter, there are two, myself and Joel, though it’s still a very collaborative effort between all of us. One or the other of us (Joel or I) bring in an idea, sometimes pretty fully formed, sometimes just a vague notion, then everyone else adds their bit... all parties are generally pretty open to suggestion. From my perspective, I feel like the contributions of the other band members are vital to a quality product in the end. As far as my song contributions are concerned, a lot of what I do would be pretty half-baked without everyone else’s input... The personnel changes through the years haven’t really changed that dynamic, but the style that each person brings definitely has an affect on the sound.

Are you guys heading into the studio again anytime soon?

Yes. Soon. Definitely. We swear. No, really. Scout’s honor.

You’ve spent a lot of time touring the past year and a half (with stops at CMJ and SXSW to name a few), was that a good way to break in your new band mates? Any weird surpises come up?

The touring lineup had pretty much been intact for 4 months before we hit the road, so it wasn’t quite like we were strangers, but spending so much time together does go a long way toward building a tighter unit. It also goes along way toward showing the merit in Sartre’s ideas about other people as expressed in his play “No Exit.” (Kidding.) (Mostly.)

There weren’t any real surprises, aside from our drummer Randall’s proclivities toward human sacrifice... you’ll notice we recently had to change bass players... coincidence?

What’s next for Black Nite Crash?

The three W’s: writing, writing and writing. We’ve got a few songs ready to go for album number two, but we want more before we start to record. We’re also looking toward at least one more release this year, a split EP with LA’s Sky Parade, and a tour down the coast culminating in our appearance at the Clean Air Clear Stars Festival in Cali (September 18th, 19th, & 20th).

You should all be looking forward to that. This band is known for putting together tightly crafted songs that translate well to their live sets. For more information on their upcoming shows and releases, check out their website and MySpace page. In the meantime, here they are live at Chop Suey to whet your whistles:

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