Last weekend I had the grand opportunity to see a band called, Night Night at Velour Live Music Gallery in Provo UT. Night Night is an indie super group of sorts consisting of, McKay Stevens (co-owner of North Platte Records, singer/emcee for, The Vibrant Sound,) Scott Shepard (formerly of, The New Nervous, currently fronting his brain-child, Book On Tapeworm,) and, Nate Pyfer (founder/front-man of, Code Hero, former keyboard player for, Joshua James.)
Scott Shepard’s voice sounds a bit like what I imagine God’s voice sounds like. It’s smooth and light and it resonates in the ear creating a soothing echo that will stick with you all night. That incendiary voice combines with melodic guitars both acoustic & electric, futuristic robot sounds from the keyboard, and rides on a belt of unique electronic beats giving the music a subtle power that can simultaneously calm and excite.
While the music is incredible to say the least, it is the lyrical efforts of, Stevens & Shepard that truly make their songs memorable. For example, in the song, Virginia Is For Lovers, the tale is told of lovers separated by a move to Washington DC as the man in the story laments the founding of the nation “Damn Abraham & George Washington who founded this whole country on Washington DC, and so to some degree they have taken you from me… So I will write this bill of rights and an amendment I will make, to amend all our mistakes until all this tension breaks.”
Topics in their songs range from religion to science to love, and cover much of the wide spectrum of human emotion and longing. I highly recommend catching them the next time they play your town. And keep your eyes peeled for their debut album coming soon.