NIGHTLANDS KICKS OFF HEADLINING TOUR IN SUPPORT OF OAK ISLAND

WATCH VIDEO FOR NEW SONG, “TO THE MOON”

 

Nightlands, aka Dave Hartley, aka bassist of The War On Drugs, kicks off his first headlining tour tonight in support of his sophomore album, Oak Island (out now on Secretly Canadian). Dave is joined once again byAnthony LaMarca on trap kit, Eliza Hardy Jones on Wurlitzer and Jesse Moore on synth. A very special 5-piece choir will also back the band at the New York and Philadelphia shows. To sweeten the deal, Dave is sharing aShe Policeman-directed video for the brand new song, “To The Moon,” originally written for a specific scene in Kubrick’s 2001: A Spacey Odyssey. The video is comprised almost entirely of NASA footage of lunar expeditions. Dave says, “The song is meant to evoke a feeling of isolation and loneliness, but also wonder and innocence – a remembrance of a time when the moon above was an invitation and a gateway to the stars.”

 

WATCH NIGHTLANDS’ “TO THE MOON” VIDEO:

http://bit.ly/ZeN21N 

 

NIGHTLANDS TOUR DATES (new dates in bold):

Wed. May 29 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge

Thu. May 30 – Washington, DC @ DC9

Fri. May 31 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s

Sun. June 2 – Boston, MA @ TT the Bear’s

Mon. June 3 – Toronto, ON @ Drake Hotel

Tue. June 4 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas

Wed. June 5 – Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups

Thu. June 6 – Youngstown, OH @ Cedar’s Lounge

 

Watch & listen to more Nightlands:

“Born To Love” video – http://youtu.be/u1So099M_IA

“So Far So Long” – http://bit.ly/OtHIne

“Nico” (original/acoustic/vocal-only) – http://bit.ly/14tR5rR

“I Fell in Love With a Feeling” video – http://youtu.be/s1GbIxE2bjY

“I Fell in Love With a Feeling” – http://youtu.be/-oTnJJNZ0FI

“So it goes on Oak Island, 35 minutes of romantic and robotic soft rock, a crush mixtape for the Uncanny Valley.” – Pitchfork

“Nightlands investigates cool niches like psyche-folk or deep house, all the while embracing wimp rock and anthemic cheese of the ’70s and ’80s by fusing Mike & the Mechanics pleasantries with acid-seared solo blues of Syd Barrett.” – SPIN [5 Best New Artists for January]

 

“a gauzy journey through echo-y vocal harmonies and gently stirring melodies.”

– Philadelphia Inquirer

“Nightlands crafts the kind of music that feels intimate and deeply personal, even as it sprawls into otherworldly realms.”  – WNYC Soundcheck‘s “Check Ahead” series

“dreamy, sonic experiments.” – LA Weekly

“there’s an ever-present dreaminess and nostalgia . . . ” – Chicago Reader

“the album evokes the California soft rock of the 1960s-think the Association or the Mamas and the Papas-layered over chaotic percussion, horns, and noise. The harmonies sound like a box of pastel sweets, but don’t be fooled: Underneath them are an ambitious sense of experimentation and, at times, surprisingly dark lyrics.” – Portland Mercury

 

“a gorgeous and triumphant little record, with rubbery bass and silly beats casting delightfully light grooves beneath cascading harmonies and tessellated horns.” – Indy Weekly

 

Nightlands online:

http://www.nightlands.us/

http://secretlycanadian.com/artist.php?name=nightlands

https://www.facebook.com/Nightlands

https://twitter.com/nightlands

http://pitchperfectpr.com/a_night.html

http://www.imposemagazine.com/bytes/death-dunk

http://thekey.xpn.org/tag/top-of-the-key/

 

Nightlands Announces Spring Tour & Shares Video for “Born to Love”

NIGHTLANDS ANNOUNCES SPRING TOUR IN SUPPORT OF OAK ISLAND

WATCH NEW VIDEO FOR “BORN TO LOVE”

  

Nightlands, aka Philadelphia’s Dave Hartley, aka bassist of The War On Drugs, part-time NBA scribe and activist (see #LetBonnerShoot), and full-time pinball enthusiast, just completed a month-long tour with Efterklang in support of sophomore album, Oak IslandToday, he announces his first headlining tour and shares the video for “Born to Love,” directed by She PolicemanContinuing on with the silver man theme, the video is pulled from six hours of random footage taken by Dave with an old VHS camcorder while his silver makeup was being applied for the shooting of another video. He gave the cassette to the director, who ran with it, apparently inspired by Andy Warhol and the song, itself. Watch it below and catch Nightlands in select cities in May & June. Songs new and old will come alive in varied arrangements with Dave on electric 12 string guitar, Anthony LaMarca on trap kit, Eliza Hardy Jones on Wurlitzer and Jesse Moore on synth.

Additionally, those in Pittsburgh can watch Dave compete this weekend, April 12-13, in the Professional & Amateur Pinball Association’s 2013 Match-Play Championshipalongside four-time world champion Bowen Kirens and Pinball champion/former ’76 Todd MacCulloch, both of whom personally invited Dave.

WATCH NIGHTLANDS’ “BORN TO LOVE” VIDEO –

http://youtu.be/u1So099M_IA

http://go.spin.com/ZkFp5H

 

NIGHTLANDS’ TOUR DATES:

Wed. May 29 — New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge

Thu. May 20 — Washington, DC @ DD9

Fri. May 31 — Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brendas

Sun. June 2 — Boston, MA @ TT the Bear’s

Mon. June 3 — Toronto, ON @ Drake Hotel

Tue. June 4 — Chicago, IL @ Schubas

Watch & listen to more Nightlands:

“So Far So Long” – http://youtu.be/jdZ6bt4XsPg

“Nico” (original/acoustic/vocal-only) – http://bit.ly/14tR5rR

“I Fell in Love with a Feeling” video – http://youtu.be/s1GbIxE2bjY

“I Fell In Love With A Feeling” – http://youtu.be/-oTnJJNZ0FI

“So it goes on Oak Island, 35 minutes of romantic and robotic soft rock, a crush mixtape for the Uncanny Valley.” – Pitchfork

“Nightlands investigates cool niches like psyche-folk or deep house, all the while embracing wimp rock and anthemic cheese of the ’70s and ’80s by fusing Mike & the Mechanics pleasantries with acid-seared solo blues of Syd Barrett.” – SPIN [5 Best New Artists for January]

 

“a gauzy journey through echo-y vocal harmonies and gently stirring melodies.”

– Philadelphia Inquirer

 

“Nightlands crafts the kind of music that feels intimate and deeply personal, even as it sprawls into otherworldly realms.”  – WNYC Soundcheck‘s “Check Ahead” series

“dreamy, sonic experiments.” – LA Weekly

 

“there’s an ever-present dreaminess and nostalgia . . . ” – Chicago Reader

 

“the album evokes the California soft rock of the 1960s-think the Association or the Mamas and the Papas-layered over chaotic percussion, horns, and noise. The harmonies sound like a box of pastel sweets, but don’t be fooled: Underneath them are an ambitious sense of experimentation and, at times, surprisingly dark lyrics.” –Portland Mercury

 

“a gorgeous and triumphant little record, with rubbery bass and silly beats casting delightfully light grooves beneath cascading harmonies and tessellated horns.” – Indy Weekly

 

Nightlands online:

http://www.nightlands.us/

http://secretlycanadian.com/artist.php?name=nightlands

https://www.facebook.com/Nightlands

https://twitter.com/nightlands

http://pitchperfectpr.com/a_night.html

http://www.imposemagazine.com/bytes/death-dunk

http://thekey.xpn.org/tag/top-of-the-key/

Nightlands Shares Deconstruction Of “Nico” From Oak Island

Last week, Secretly Canadian released the second full-length album, Oak Island, from Nightlands, the solo project of Dave Hartley. Oak Island is a brilliantly layered affair, offering distorted, silver-voiced melodies wrapped in the warm sounds of 70s AM gold. Yesterday, ArtInfo published an interview with Dave in which he explains the songwriting and recording process for the album. Alongside this, they debuted three different versions of one of Oak Island’s standout tracks, “Nico,” including the vocal only and instrumental versions of the song. Vocal only and instrumental versions of the album are available as part of the deluxe version of Oak Island, which also includes the album on LP and CD, the “All the Way / Buggin’ Out” 7″ and a Nightlands’ poster.

LISTEN TO NIGHTLANDS’ “NICO”
(ALBUM VERSION, VOCAL-ONLY & INSTRUMENTAL VERSION):
http://bit.ly/14tR5rR

“I started writing Nico right after my nephew was born. He was two before I finished it. I wanted it to be a ballad and a lullaby, and lyrically it remains so, but the sonics turned into a magic carpet ride through various stages of a dream: surreality, full-bore psychedelia and, at times, borderline nightmarish disorientation. I didn’t hold back with the overdubbing, there are hundreds of voices on this song, and many are warped using tape-speed manipulations. I’m really proud of it and how strange it is.” — Nightlands

Watch “I Fell In Love With A Feeling” video:

Listen to “So Far So Long”:
http://bit.ly/OtHIne

Nightlands will tour North America with Efterklang in March. Dave will play electric 12-string guitar and will be joined by Anthony LaMarca on trap kit, Eliza Hardy Jones on Wurlitzer and Jesse Moore on synth.

NIGHTLANDS TOUR DATES:
Sat. Feb. 2 – Arden, DE @ The Gild Hall w/ School of Seven Bells
Tue. Feb. 12 – Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory w/ Retribution Gospel Choir
Fri. March 1 – Raleigh, NC @ Kings Barcade *
Sat. March 2 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl *
Sun. March 3 – Nashville TN @ The End *
Tue. March 5 – Dallas, TX @ Dan’s Silverleaf *
Wed. March 6 – Austin, TX @ The Mohawk *
Sat. March 9 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex *
Mon. March 11 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall *
Wed. March 13 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge *
Thu. March 14 – Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore *
Fri. March 15 – Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s *
Mon. March 18 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Cedar Cultural Center *
Tue. March 19 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall *
Thu. March 21 – Toronto, ON @ Mod Club [Canadian Music Week] *
Fri. March 22 – Montreal, QC @ Il Motore *
Sat. March 23 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom *
* with Efterklang

Nightlands’ Oak Island purchase link: http://secretlycanadian.com/press/nightlands/
Download Nightlands’ hi-res jpegs: http://www.scdistribution.com/nightlands/

“So it goes on Oak Island, 35 minutes of romantic and robotic soft rock, a crush mixtape for the Uncanny Valley.” – Pitchfork

“Nightlands investigates cool niches like psyche-folk or deep house, all the while embracing wimp rock and anthemic cheese of the ’70s and ’80s by fusing Mike & the Mechanics pleasantries with acid-seared solo blues of Syd Barrett.” — SPIN [5 Best New Artists for January]

“Oak Island is full of a shimmering optimism, a bittersweet but ultimately hopeful wistfulness.” – Philadelphia City Paper

“a gauzy journey through echo-y vocal harmonies and gently stirring melodies.” – Philadelphia Inquirer

“Nightlands crafts the kind of music that feels intimate and deeply personal, even as it sprawls into otherworldly realms.”
— WNYC Soundcheck’s “Check Ahead” series

Nightlands online:
http://www.nightlands.us/
http://secretlycanadian.com/artist.php?name=nightlands
https://www.facebook.com/Nightlands

http://pitchperfectpr.com/a_night.html
http://www.imposemagazine.com/bytes/death-dunk
http://thekey.xpn.org/tag/top-of-the-key/

Watch Nightlands’ “I Fell In Love With A Feeling” Video

This week marks the release of Oak Island, the sophomore album by Nightlands, aka Philadelphia-based Dave Hartley. Ten-songs about sadness and love, Oak Island is an album that stands on its own, shying away from obvious referential treatment. Throughout, distorted, silver-voiced melodies wrapped in the warm sounds of 70s AM gold combine to conjure those feelings that tide in and out of you when recalling the past. To celebrate Oak Island’s release, we share with you the “I Fell In Love With A Feeling” video, premiered this morning via Pitchfork. Connecting to the album’s consistent visual and aural aesthetics, director David Kessler tells the story behind this video:

“Nightlands’ music seems to me to capture a very human existence in a post-human form within a future landscape. Directly after Dave Hartley’s live rescoring of ‘2001: A Space Odyssey,’ we were thinking of ’60s and ’70s sci-fi, soft cover book jackets, Syd Mead and futurist design and architecture. There is clearly some inspiration from ‘Starman’ and ‘Terminator 2′ thrown in there as well.”

WATCH NIGHTLANDS’ “I FELL IN LOVE WITH A FEELING” VIDEO:
http://bit.ly/UQTs3W

In addition to his tireless work in support of Nightlands and as the supreme bassist in The War On Drugs, Hartley has another side-project on the go. Over the last week, he’s been spearheading the rising LetBonnerShoot campaign to get fellow music/sandwich-lover Matt Bonner of the San Antonio Spurs into this year’s NBA All Star Three-Point Shootout. Eva Longoria is on board. Sign the petition and help the Red Rocket prove his prowess.

Nightlands will tour North America with Efterklang in March. Dave will play electric 12-string guitar and will be joined by Anthony LaMarca on trap kit, Eliza Hardy Jones on Wurlitzer and Jesse Moore on synth.

NIGHTLANDS TOUR DATES:
Sat. Jan. 26 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie [RECORD RELEASE SHOW]
Sat. Feb. 2 – Arden, DE @ The Gild Hall w/ School of Seven Bells
Tue. Feb. 12 – Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory w/ Retribution Gospel Choir
Fri. March 1 – Raleigh, NC @ Kings Barcade *
Sat. March 2 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl *
Sun. March 3 – Nashville TN @ The End *
Tue. March 5 – Dallas, TX @ Dan’s Silverleaf *
Wed. March 6 – Austin, TX @ The Mohawk *
Sat. March 9 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex *
Mon. March 11 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall *
Wed. March 13 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge *
Thu. March 14 – Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore *
Fri. March 15 – Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s *
Mon. March 18 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Cedar Cultural Center *
Tue. March 19 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall *
Thu. March 21 – Toronto, ON @ Mod Club [Canadian Music Week] *
Fri. March 22 – Montreal, QC @ Il Motore *
Sat. March 23 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom *
* with Efterklang

Nightlands Announces March Tour with Efterklang

“Nightlands investigates cool niches like psyche-folk or deep house, all the while embracing wimp rock and anthemic cheese of the ’70s and ’80s by fusing Mike & the Mechanics pleasantries with acid-seared solo blues of Syd Barrett.” — SPIN [5 Best New Artists for January]

“It’s total classic rock stuff, but Hartley turns it into a sci-fi oddity by decking out the song with bizarro studio touches– peppy horns, wafts of glassy sounds, and robotic falsetto harmonies straight from the ELO manual. Imagine Bruce Springsteen trying to outrun a vocoder-wielding Jeff Lynne, and you’ve got ‘I Fell In Love With A Feeling.'” — Pitchfork

“But for Oak Island, Hartley considerably expands the Nightlands universe . . . this year looks to belong to Nightlands.” — KUT.org [Song of the Day]

“Nightlands crafts the kind of music that feels intimate and deeply personal, even as it sprawls into otherworldly realms.”
— WNYC Soundcheck’s “Check Ahead” series

Nightlands, aka Philadelphia’s Dave Hartley, releases sophomore album, Oak Island, next week on Secretly Canadian. Listen to the record now in its entirety via WNYC Soundcheck’s “Check Ahead” series and allow Nightlands to boldly guide you on a journey through lush forests down into The Uncanny Valley. Throughout Oak Island’s 10 songs about sadness and love, each distorted, silver-voiced melody is wrapped in the warm sounds of 70s AM gold – plucked acoustic guitars, trumpets, dulcimers and hand percussion – resulting in the faded feelings that tide in and out of you when conjuring the past. Nightlands proves through Oak Island’s individuality and confident vision that this is not merely a simple side project, but a creation that stands on its own.

When not backing John Cale on late night TV, owning it on bass with The War On Drugs, landing new high scores among the pinball elite throughout Philly or scribbling deep thoughts on the NBA for a variety of outlets, Dave has been hard at work on the new Nightlands live show. We are excited to announce Nightlands will tour North America this March with Efterklang. Dave will play electric 12 string guitar and will be joined by the inimitable Eric Slick on trap kit, Eliza Hardy Jones on Wurlitzer and Jesse Moore on synth.

NIGHTLANDS TOUR DATES:
Sat. Jan. 26 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie [RECORD RELEASE SHOW]
Tue. Feb. 12 – Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory w/ Retribution Gospel Choir
Fri. March 1 – Raleigh, NC @ Kings Barcade *
Sat. March 2 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl *
Sun. March 3 – Nashville TN @ The End *
Tue. March 5 – Dallas, TX @ Dan’s Silverleaf *
Wed. March 6 – Austin, TX @ The Mohawk *
Fri. March 8 – Mexico City, MX @ Lunario *
Sat. March 9 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex *
Mon. March 11 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall *
Wed. March 13 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge *
Thu. March 14 – Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore *
Fri. March 15 – Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s *
Mon. March 18 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Cedar Cultural Center *
Tue. March 19 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall *
Thu. March 21 – Toronto, ON @ Mod Club [Canadian Music Week] *
Fri. March 22 – Montreal, QC @ Il Motore *
Sat. March 23 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom *
* with Efterklang

Nightlands Shares “I Fell In Love With A Feeling” Off Oak Island

NIGHTLANDS SHARES “I FELL IN LOVE WITH A FEELING” OFF SOPHOMORE ALBUM, OAK ISLAND, OUT JANUARY 22ND ON SECRETLY CANADIAN

ANNOUNCES RECORD RELEASE SHOWS FOR PHILADELPHIA & NEW YORK

  

Nightlands is Dave Hartley, a prolific sideman in many notable bands around Philadelphia and the extraordinary bassist of The War on Drugs (he played bass on Sharon Van Ettenepic and sings in The Silver Ages). Listeners expecting a simple side project, however, will be surprised by the boldness and scope of his vision. With his sophomore album, Oak Island, out January 22nd on Secretly Canadian, he takes us on a spirit quest through lush forests down into The Uncanny Valley. Each distorted, silver-voiced melody is wrapped in the sounds of 70s AM gold – plucked acoustic guitars, trumpets, dulcimers and hand percussion. In using these pop touchstones, the songs become something close to memories, the faded feelings that tide in and out of you when conjuring the past.

It may be apparent via Oak Island album art or his recent performance of an original score to “2001: A Space Odyssey” that Nightlands has a particular affinity for science fiction. Earlier today, WIREDpremiered “I Fell In Love With A Feeling,” a new song off Nightlands’ forthcoming album, and gave a glimpse into how science-fiction literature and film “seep[s] into every corner of the music he makes.” “I Fell In Love . . . ” is the second song shared off Oak Island following “So Far So Long.” It’s a departure for Nightlands and perhaps one of the album’s most immediate songs with its ELO-vibes. Check it below.

Additionally, Oak Island is now available for pre-order. A deluxe bundle includes the album on LP and CD, a “vocal-only” and “instrumental-only” download of the record, the “All the Way / Buggin’ Out” 7″, and a Nightlands’ poster.

Nightlands’ Oak Island pre-order:

http://www.scdistribution.com/nightlands/

Nightlands’ Tour Dates:

Sat. Jan. 26 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie

Tue. Feb. 12 – Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory

NIGHTLANDS’ DAVE HARTLEY ANNOUNCES SOPHOMORE ALBUM

The son of a genetic engineer, Dave Hartley has eschewed his father’s profession but decidedly inherited his analytical proclivities and love of “the lab.” As Nightlands, Hartley is a scientist trying to create and understand art through analytical process. Here, with sophomore album Oak Island, his follow up to 2010’s superb Forget the Mantra, new questions are explored: what happens when the human voice is layered exponentially? Is the sum more man, or more melancholy machine? In seeking these answers, Nightlands takes us on a spirit quest through lush forests down into The Uncanny Valley. Each distorted, silver-voiced melody is wrapped in the sounds of 70s AM gold – plucked acoustic guitars, trumpets, dulcimers and hand percussion. In using these pop touchstones, the songs become something close to memories, the faded feelings that tide in and out of you when conjuring the past. To this end, virtually every chord played on Oak Island is a major-7th, the most nostalgic harmonic grouping. Seals & Croft produced by mid-70s beetle-voiced Brian Eno. Crosby, HAL and Nash.

Beneath the analytics and technical experimentation lie 10 pop songs about sadness and love; this silvery robot has learned what it means to be human and paid a great cost. The elegant, lunar bossa-nova of album standout “So Far So Long,” with its distant trumpeted satellite signals, offers a slow, confident lilting and wilting, as Hartley considers traversing space and time.

Hartley is a prolific sideman in many notable bands in and around Philadelphia and the extraordinary bassist of The War on Drugs (he played bass on Sharon Van Etten’s epic, in Sondre Lerche’s touring band, and sings in The Silver Ages). Listeners expecting a simple side project, however, will be surprised by the boldness and scope of his vision–Nightlands is the Chuck Close painting to the The War on Drugs’ De Kooning.

Nightlands tour dates:
Thu. Oct. 25 – Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA
Thu. Nov. 29 – Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands
Tue. Dec. 4 – Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA (performing original score to “2001: A Space Odyssey”)

Nightlands online:
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http://secretlycanadian.com/artist.php?name=nightlands
http://www.facebook.com/Nightlands
http://twitter.com/nightlands