Artist Interview: Jarrod Gorbel of The Night Terrors of 1927 - "I got a dog ... I hold him and he makes me feel better."
The Night Terrors of 1927 is nothing to wake up to in the dead of night, loudly shrieking profanities and violently thrashing loved ones around like the name implies. Instead it’s a synth-wave inspired act more suited for Thursday night shenanigans and/or house parties akin to Aaron’s Party circa the long-missed ‘90s of yore.
Its sound is difficult to decipher, as it verges on dance-pop but has a Ben Gibbard-meets-electronica variation. Although not being able to pinpoint where the uplifting sound comes from is due to the fervent ingenuity it delivers with its own unadulterated, organic genre.
Between touring with Capital Cities and recording a new album, we were fortunate enough to have one side of the duo, Jarrod Gorbel, chat with us. We discuss nightmares and groupies. At one point we even made him blush (we think). Be sure to see the unparalleled duo when they enchant The Marquis Theatre this Thursday Nov 13.
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What’s so special about 1927?
The story around the band name changes daily … by the second … by the hour. There’s no true story. We left it open to interoperation. That year alone has so much history; we kinda let people make it up.
Do you often wake up in the middle of the night fearful for your life?
It was definitely influenced by, like, super anxiety induced terrors. Then the name just went way further than we even expected. You know, the nightmares where you can’t run away and are basically awake?
How has your music evolved?
I use to write the song around the guitar, now it’s very much the reverse scenario. We start in the studio with (an) electronic drum beat, and then we write the song around it. It’s (a) fresh, new, different, change of pace; its very now. We still write songs in the old school way by banging rocks together with sticks. It was fun to start a song and build a record from a different perspective.
What do you think it is about a broken heart that makes you want to write sonnets and soliloquies and cry alone in your closet?
I think the reference of a broken heart was more like we had reached a level of frustration, in sort of band scenarios. It was more reluctance and more of an organic beginning, and it wasn’t forced. But of course having a broken heart is always an inspiration for the melody.
How would you classify your genre of music?
We were just doing this at dinner last night making up our genre of music – melancholy soaring explosive depressing, ambient core with a house jungle, sort of weaving its way in between a neo-jazz hypo-floric jazz in a temporary setting ... Or it’s like you’re in the middle of a rave in 1993.
What would you say is the most important thing that happened to you in the last year?
I got a dog ... a new love that’s very nurturing. I hold him and he makes me feel better.
What’s your pregame ritual?
Before I play it’s pretty boring: I have this hour-long weird vocal preparation thing. I have to do it or my voice gets all fucked up. I try not to interact with people too much. It’s a weird fragile state. If I have a weird interaction with people it can ruin it or sometimes it can help me. I need to find a balance. As long as I get my warm ups in and my push-ups. You don’t want to be a slug, you see, I’m very lethargic. And sometimes weird.
Who gets more booty you or Blake?
We’re like booty less- bootay-less, yeah there’s no ... we’re not like sluts. We’re into experience, we like to like hang out with people and have experiences. Yeah were not like … umm … its not that I don’t like talk to girls and they’re not very friendly after the show. They may be excited to see the show, but there’s no like, 'Yo, I want to hit that.'
What does the future have in store for you? We hear a new album is in the works?
Yeah, yeah the album comes out in January and we’re on tour with Capital Cities now!