Somewhere between borders
Though on the road, I had the chance to catch up with the alternative/pop sensation from Nashville, Tennessee, Nightly. Nightly is made up of cousins Jonathan Capeci and Joey Beretta, and the two of them have been making this music career a success. Formerly known as Dinner And A Suit, the band didn’t begin this fantastic Nightly journey until they met some of their other bandmates and signed to Interscope Records. Soon after the decision, they released what would become their debut EP, Honest, in 2016. The project included 4 of their best songs “XO”, “No Vacancy”, “Honest”, and “Talk to Me”.
Check out the music video for “XO” below:
Their hit single, “XO”, is what got them noticed by publications and sites, with over 6 million streams on Spotify. The band has attracted the heart and minds of many with their melodic lullabies and have labeled themselves a dreamy and hauntingly loving band to look out for as they continue to explore the music scene. The band had the chance to tour extensively at the end of 2016 to the beginning of 2017, serving as the opening act for shows like Ke$ha, The All-American Rejects, Zella Day, and K.Flay! As if their resume was not thorough enough the band featured at the We Found New Music showcase at SXSW and after this sprung their headlining tour come April of 2017.
So, if I haven’t convinced you how talented this band is, how incredible they are, and how worthy of your listening time they are, then check out their music at the end of this article, because I’m sure your mind will change. Their music is intoxicating in the most euphoric way as it takes you on a ride on nostalgia express. With a kind of musical patience, the duo and their band are able to recreate this string of storytelling that dances perfectly to the sonic productions we hear.
Their music reminds you of The Neighborhood meets The Mowglis, utilizing both dark and light tones and meanings and also heartbreaking and hopeful motifs. The satin-like-angsty vocals put against the smoky, fragmented, 80’s vibes echo against each other in whatever space and medium you are listening to it in or on.
Capeci is the singer and Beretta is the guitarist, and as mentioned before, the two are cousins. “We grew up just outside of Philadelphia, we always wanted to be in a band together since we were 12 years old. But we didn’t do it until later”, remarks Capeci. The two have been in a few bands before the genesis of Nightly, and only until a year and a half ago from now, did the two actually found this stunning success collective.
“It was nothing that we ever expected, you know, like we’re still on the tour, and have been on this tour to cities we have never been to, and it’s always, without fail, people that show up and know the songs,” Capeci explains as his exasperation with how incredible the process of this journey has been for him and Beretta.
“It’s just a cool, crazy feeling to have people know your music in these places we’ve never been.”
The band hasn’t had the chance to put out any new material since they have been on the road for sometime now and it causes the writing and recording process to be very chopped up, but Capeci explains to me how they never want to go out for too long without putting out new music for their fans. To them, it’s already been longer than they would like, and so it’s time to start getting back to the studio, and bringing to us some fresh new sounds.
He mentioned how there were 8-10 songs they had actually formally written, but how only 4 made the cut for their recent EP, and so I asked what was his favorite track off the project, to which he replied, “I think I like “Honest”, which is probably like, I don’t know, I don’t wanna say the least popular, but like people would usually say “XO” or “No Vacancy”, I don’t know. I just like the way that it makes me feel when I sing it, I think it’s like the most different from the other 3.”
I mention how it’s also my favorite song, because it’s somewhat of a darker incantation than the others, and it makes it seem more mysterious amongst the other upbeat tunes. He agreed, saying “ya, I think that’s why I like it too, like the beat, it feels good to sing.”
He also gave hints as to how much work the band put into their live performances, and how it’s probably their most important and favorite aspect of being an artist. “That’s the most amazing part, I think, of the whole thing, is being able to perform live, it’s definitely a good chemistry between the two of us and the rest of the band as well, and something that like, even now we just wrapped up the tour and we’re like already talking about what things we want to change for the next one and make better, so that’s kind of the fun of it, it will always be evolving a little bit.”
With so many acts out there, I was curious to know what the songster would find to be the most beneficial aspect of being in a band, rather than going solo. “I think the idea of being a solo artist is better than the appeal to me. Out here doing it by yourself”, he takes a moment to envision that and then continues, “and I know some people like that, but I wouldn’t want to be. I mean I get to be out here with my best friend. Joe is my best friend, so I can’t imagine experiencing all these things by myself or with guys that I just hired or something like that. So, that’s probably the best part I think.”
With thoughtfulness in his voice, Capeci answers what him and Beretta would want to do that they haven’t done yet; “I think playing shows in other continents would be nice, that’s something for sure that we would love to try.”
How would Capeci’s most ideal chill-day play out? It would start by getting up and walking his dog in the park and then going golfing with his friends.
Like any artist experience, there are highs and there are lows. “We’ve had several experiences that we’ve been to cities that we’ve never been to before. I remember on the last tour we went to Columbus, Ohio, and honestly, we were headlinging and we didn’t know if any body was going to show up, but there were kids lined up, and they knew every word to all the songs and they were screaming at the top of their lungs! That was honestly the craziest feeling, because there could have been 5 people there, and that would have been totally reasonable based on the fact that we had never been there before, but it just, they made us feel like the thing expanded a little. That was just a cool feeling. We’re lucky to have had a few shows like that before, so I think that’s my favorite moment so far.” That intense sensation of feeling when you know that others are aware of your work, and enjoy your art and share it with you, that would be the ultimate feeling of self-recognition and self-assertion, and these guys have done just that with their undoubtedly passionate and beautiful music.
Their music in and of itself is already a multitude of sounds and genres, and you can hear the influences in bits and pieces of their unique sound. “I really like the killers, U2, coldplay. I really like bands. Those are my top 3”, claims Capeci.
So, as a pair, I had to ask Capeci what one word he would use to describe his partner Beretta; “I’d say this will sound kind of corny, but he’s one of the funniest dudes that you’ll talk to, and he’s also one of the most loyal dudes. Like he’ll take a bullet for his homies, he’s just super loyal and he’s super funny, like he’s always the one making the band laugh.”
So, as we mentioned above was one of the highs of being a band, Capeci also delved into what some of the lows are. “I think one of the challenges is like learning to enjoy where you are right now, ’cause you’re always looking towards the next thing in the future, like the next tour or the next single or the next whatever and trying to just like take that in. You know, you’re playing at a club with 250 people and then you’re thinking about playing at the club that has 500 or 1000 and so forth, and it’s just like trying to focus on enjoying the fact that you’re playing for 250 people, you know what I mean? It’s a tough balance, I think there’s a lot of people that don’t enjoy where they are and always are looking ahead too much that they are never going to arrive somewhere or are satisfied, so that’s probably the hardest part.” Capeci also spoke on behalf of his counterpart, and how difficult it has been to balance work and life at times.
This led us to segue to how even with all the hardships, what are they most excited for and what should we be expecting to come from our favorite duo Nightly? “We’re constantly evolving. I think that’s one thing about us. We’re very critical of ourselves in every aspect just because we grew up listening to bands that meant a lot to us and going to shows and that’s what we wanted to do. So, we take the responsibility seriously that if somebody paid to be in the room, we are putting the best show on. We’re going to be playing songs that haven’t been heard before, we have a whole new set, those are a few things to expect.”
So with much anticipation, we wait to hear the compositions that Nightly will bring us in the coming year, and hope to be serenaded by their illustrious creations soon! So stay tuned, and…
Be sure to check out the upcoming tour dates below:
Austin, TX, USA
Austin, TX, USA
Austin City Limits
Louisville, KY, USA
Columbus, OH, USA
Express Live! Indoor Pavilion
Millvale, PA, USA
Mr. Smalls Theatre
Indianapolis, IN, USA
The Vogue Theatre
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