By Mike Shomaker, DC Music Live
Some might call the musical collaboration between members of Night Verses sheer luck. According to lead singer Douglas Robinson, their eventual alliance was fate.
“I heard them perform out in California,” Robinson said of his future band members, Nick DePirro, guitar, Reilly Herrera, bass and drummer, Aric Improta. “From the first moment, I knew I had to sing with them. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out at first…we were just in different places.”
Robinson’s former band, The Sleeping, which had seen a decade of success, was “slowing down,” slated to release one more record in the fall of 2010. Following the release and unofficial farewell tour,
each member broke off and went their separate ways, professionally and geographically. According to Robinson, it was mutual—they’re still good friends. But he wasn’t ready to walk offstage and hang it up just yet.
He persisted and set out for the west coast. It was there that Night Verses was born.
An impromptu get together led to formalized rehearsals, which soon transformed into something serious. With Robinson relinquished of his obligations to his former band, the new foursome began writing, releasing Out Of The Sky, a heavy and intricate prog/post-rock EP in May of last year. A robust studio sampling, the four-track effort is impenetrable with its thick riffs and weighty vocals, yet is delicately woven with experimental tones and proggy rhythms. [You can download it for free from their website.]
Out Of The Sky tested the waters for potential and survivability in an industry that can be heartless and unforgiving, especially towards new projects by established musicians. But the response has been overwhelmingly positive and rightfully so. Fans have swarmed social media outlets praising OOTS and begging for more tour dates. With the highly anticipated release of their upcoming full length, Lift Your Existence (Easy Killer), Robinson seems hopeful for the band’s future.
“It’s a rejuvenation. I know it’s cliché but that’s how it feels being in this band. Things have just clicked. These guys are monsters at their instruments—we’re just very determined to bring music from guys who are furious about being [musically] creative,” he said.
What was supposed to happen—in Robinson’s mind—is what had to happen. He says their collective determination is what keeps his dream of bringing music to others alive.
Night Verses rocked DC9 last Thursday, giving locals the chance to see the emotive, unmatchable energy Robinson and company bring.
“We had a great time – I had never played D.C. before. It’s cool to play in a city where so many of my influences are from,” Robinson said of his early punk favorites, such as local heroes, Fugazi and Bad Brains.
Be sure to check out Night Verses and be on the lookout for, Lift Your Existence, which is set to release in June. A huge thanks to Douglas Robinson for taking the time to talk to DCML.
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