Kings of the Nighttime World-Debuting at Record Store Day 2017
This coming Saturday is a favorite day for those of us who love collecting music on vinyl and love supporting our local music stores. Yes, it's the beautiful holiday of Record Store Day (RSD).
In the past, our local (Parkersburg) and loved music store (and one of our favorite featured sponsors for Undercurrent Music Festival) The Sound Exchange has hosted a great variety of different local musicians while offering the RSD new releases we're looking for. This year, Sound Exchange is also debuting a special collection of live talent: The WV KISS tribute band, Kings of the Nighttime World (KofNW).
The tribute goes beyond covering songs, delving into the personalities of the four members/characters of the band, aiming to encompass not only the talents of the original artists, but also their costuming, mannerisms and the full KISS experience. Considering the four members of KotNW were already all KISS fans, this felt like something worth pursuing.
Intrigued? Here's more:
How did KotNW come to be? Eric Seevers shared with us:
"Joe and I were coming off of touring with Social 66 broke and abused by the industry, and a stagnant LIECUS due to lack of interest and health problems. We tried throwing together an original project with Joe at drums and me on guitar as the only guitarist. We wrote a few songs but to me it felt like starting at the bottom again-dont get me wrong starting this project (KofNW) was starting from the bottom, but in a different sense... " Eric shared with us.
As for why KISS?
"...Mainly it came with a big push from me because I liked the idea of the theatrics of KISS, and how the audience would like the show even if you weren't particularly a KISS fan."
For a while, this band was n flux, finding the right combination of members and in some ways, serving as a "back burner" project, waiting on Social 66 and Liecus to hit the road, again. Eric was a "Paulish guitarist", Joe was Ace...but then the drummer had to step down (putting Joe in that spot), moving Eric back to lead guitar/Ace. Liecus bassist JT Jones even stepped in for a while, while the band was seeking their Gene, so the band could practice. But in the end, it wasn't a dream gig for JT.
"But one day", Seevers said "a mutual friend of ours who had been frequenting local Karaoke events, came to us and said 'hey guys, I invited someone I met at Karaoke to come to your practice, this guy sounds just like Paul Stanley'. Thats when Delaney came into the picture and blew us away with not only his talent but the fact he was a huge KISS fan (that goes a long way in my book)."
While the original incarnation of Kings of the Nighttime World (which was then called "KISS My Ass") played their first show at Sixpence's "Party Like a Rockstar" last year, this upcoming show will be the first under the new name, with the current lineup, and with a fuller experience.
"We knew that 'Kiss My Ass', although a great name, probably would have stopped us from getting certain gigs in the future. So after running through 100's of ideas we decided to change it to Kings Of The Nighttime World (which is the name of a song off of KISS' 1976 release Destroyer)." Said Seevers.
Eric also told us "The (first) show was thrown together quickly and the response was (still) phenomenal! (This) fueled our fire even more to 'Hey, lets blow this thing up!' with costumes, makeup, props, moves, full blown (experience)!"
"Right now", Eric said, "we have about 40 songs that we've been working on, adding more and more almost every week. We have a heavy rotation of the classics that everyone KISS fan or not will know and be able to sing along with and dance to but as kiss fans ourselves we have a long list of deep cuts (lesser-known songs) some will recognize, and some that only the truest KISS fans will know. Its nice to have so many songs to choose from and we'll eventually add so many that we can have 70's kiss night, 80's kiss night and or play certain albums in their entirety."
"From all the hype and build up from people knowing weve been putting this together for the past year, and the response we got from that one show, I have a good feeling that people will be happy with what we've done and will want more from us. With the recent addition of Steven on bass and the fact this guy has been a huge KISS fan his entire life (like, seriously from infant to now) ...we didnt have to miss much to get him settled in to his role."
"Its like when all of us put on the costumes and make up, we transform into these larger than life characters. You assume The Starchild, The Spaceman, The Catman, and The Demon role. I think the fans will pick up on that, and hopefully we wont let them down...(I'm hoping even the biggest KISS fans) can see (that) we are not actually KISS but doing our best to emulate one of our favorite bands, and striving to get better every week!
If you don't make it out to The Sound Exchange and the Record Store Day celebration this coming Saturday, it'll be a little while before the band has another local gig. But if you can, you should see them both times (and support local business and artists, while you're at it):
"Other than the RSD/ Sound Exchange Debut we have a gig coming up in August at the Adelphia (Music Hall) in Marietta, OH. We'll be playing a much longer show: all the classic songs plus all those deep cuts that the hardcore and new fans can appreciate. The ball is rolling now so were open to playing more as time goes on...Everyone interested should try their best and make it to The Sound Exchange on Saturday, April 22nd 12 noon to catch our (official) public debut, see what we have to offer (and then make it out to the full show as soon as you can).
If you're wanting the Record Store Day deals (and a good spot for the show), you'll want to arrive earlier in the day. The RSD specials go on sale as soon as the doors to The Sound Exchange open at 11. So stop by early, support our awesome Parkersburg record store, support our local KISS tribute, and have a great day with other music-loving people.