XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
We have our debut full-length record “Milk” releasing on Friday December 13th. Our album release party/ show is Saturday December 28th at Buzzbin in Canton, Ohio with special guests Stillborn Prodigy, Sons of Ghidorah, and Swamp Drag.
XS ROCK: How long has the band been together?
approximately 4 years, gone through a few stops and starts due to lineup changes but we have been solid for the past 2 years.
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band?
We have all been in different bands though the years. Personally, I had been chomping at the bit to start a noise rock/ heavy band for a long time. I have long admired the noise rock of the early nineties. Labels like Amphetamine Reptile, Touch and Go, and Reptilian Records released some of the most amazing music I’ve ever heard. All of the bands that came out back then are a huge influence on us and what we wanted to create.
XS ROCK: What is your music background?
My parents exposed me to a variety of music growing up. From George Jones and Johnny Cash to ELO, Pink Floyd and David Bowie, our household was always jamming something different. It only made sense that I would find my way into punk rock, and metal. As soon as I stumbled onto the first Danzig record, and then Samhain I was hooked. I knew I wanted to play that kind of music in some way.
XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?
I think we deliver a sonic glimpse of claustrophobic darkness. Or at least that is what I hope we do! We call it dark noise rock because it seems to sit on the fringe of a bunch of different genres, all of which we love, whether it be doom, post-punk, or noise. We tried to combine our love for all of those into one dripping bag of gristly spew.
XS ROCK: What are your immediate music career goals? (Next 1 to 3 years.)
Definitely up next for us is to do some touring and hopefully hit some of the great doom, and metal fests out there. We are looking at an East Coast tour in the Spring and then hopefully that leads to more. We also are excited to begin writing new material and see where that leads us to.
XS ROCK: What are your long-term career goals?
I just wanna keep releasing music that I would want to hear and continue creating something a little bit different than the norm. We would love to be able to make this a full time thing if the opportunity presents itself, but if not, we have no plans to stop any time soon. It’s just too much fun!
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
Oh that’s a tough one because both have their own unique dynamic! I have to say I absolutely love playing live for an audience. Especially outside of our home base. It’s rewarding to be on stage in a community that you’ve never been to before and having people who don’t know you coming up to you after the show, and telling you how much they dug your set. Nothing can really beat that in my opinion.
XS ROCK: What are your songs about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
Our songs generally come from true stories and ideas we have read about. Themes of drug abuse, self-loathing, vengeance, and mental illness, intermingled with prophecy, literature, lore and the paranormal… all handled in a cryptic manner and sprinkled with venom. If it’s dark and nasty, we probably dig it.
XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road? If so, please fill us in.
We played a 4/20 show in Buffalo NY that turned into quite an adventure after we left the venue that night. It involved some “bad” decisions with edibles (something I never do), that resulted in 12 hours of endless laughter and insanity. All I really remember was listening to the new Sleep album on repeat for 8 hours straight and feeling like my legs were amputated from the knees down. The next day we went to see Niagara Falls and I was in such a haze I could barely speak. My wife thought it was absolutely hilarious. Another wild show was at Lucky 13 Saloon in Brooklyn NY, where we arrived at noon and basically drank all day long waiting to play because we had nothing else to do. During our set, Julia was screaming so hard she vomited all over the side of the stage. The crowd loved it and went crazy! Later that evening our bass player Dalin, and drummer Donnie rode the subway around all night long sightseeing and somehow ended up in East Harlem at around 4am. They were drunk and taking pictures… I’m sure they looked like two midwest bumpkins in the big city!
XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
We don’t get too many strange requests… Julia probably hears more crazy stuff than I do. I know she has been asked some weird shit. There was a Drag Queen who asked if she could paint Julia with body paint one time. I was kind of hoping she would… that would have been interesting!
XS ROCK: Were your parents supportive of your aspirations to play in a rock band?
Definitely not at first, but they warmed up to it and became huge supporters.
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
I love playing “Malachai” It’s such a fun song to play because of the way it rolls along, and when the chorus hits, it’s just huge. It always gets me amped up, and crowds tend to really respond to it. I also really enjoy “Chubby Leech” because it’s such a slowburn that culminates in a massive sludgy riff and I love watching my wife Julia (our vocalist) go absolutely ballistic, screaming the words and throwing herself around like a possessed person!
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
OMG. There are soooo many. The music of Samhain and the first few Danzig albums really influenced me a lot. I love the Samhain stuff the most though because it is so dark, noisy and very gothic rock. It oozes menace and occult darkness. The Birthday Party also rides that darkness and are a huge influence.
As far as live bands, I saw The Jesus Lizard around 1994 and they blew my mind! David Yow spent most of the show writhing in, and on top of the audience, while the band delivered some of the most punishing, off kilter and incredible music I’ve ever heard.
Other fantastic bands that inspired me would be Neurosis, Swans, Godflesh, Unsane, The Cult, Laughing Hyenas, Melvins, Dead and Gone, Eyehategod, Sleep… man this list could go on and on…
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
Chelsea Wolfe, Multicult, Low Dose, Cherubs, Whores, Daughters, Young Widows, Ken Mode.
I can’t imagine getting to tour with some of the legends of this music… opening for Neurosis or Helmet on a tour would be unbelievable.
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
Musically, I would have to say this record that is coming out in December. It was such tremendous labor of love, and a testament to our pig-headed determination to get it released.
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
Well, I have a pretty serious day job as a lead exterminator in Public Housing so I guess that’s the answer, hahahaha!
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
I primarily use a Reverend Kyle Shutt Signature Series guitar, or an Epiphone ES335 Lucille, both guitars are awesome. For amps, I use a Roland JC-120 combo amp and split the signal into a 2000 watt Behringer Bass head that pushes a 4×12 Carvin cab. It is LOUD. As far as effects, I am dedicated to stompboxes! I run a Pro Co Rat Distortion, Robopedal Fuzzchrist, Earthquaker Devices Rainbow Machine, and an Electro Harmonix Ocean Eleven Reverb.
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
I think the current underground music scene is vibrant with tremendous artists doing amazing things, pushing the envelope, taking chances… that is such a wonderful thing to witness. True passion. Hopefully, audiences start to take notice of these great underground bands.
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
Honestly, they would probably be amazed to find out that I spend my days exterminating roaches and treating bedbug infestations!
XS ROCK: If someone had never heard you before, how would you describe your sound?
This continues to be tricky for us because we are difficult to pigeon hole, but I usually just say it’s very loud and my wife screams like a maniac lol! No, really I would tell them that if they like heavy, loud, dark, and passionate angry music they will probably like us.
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
Please just check out our Bandcamp page at www.nightgoat13.bandcamp.
XS ROCK: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XS Rock!
THANK YOU!! We really appreciate it!
Night Goat are:
Julia Bentley – vocals
Chris Bentley – guitar/vocals
Dalin Jones – bass