The Stewart brothers (Sam and Django) are native Londoners but now claim to be Angelenos by living in Echo Park. Their band Nightmare And The Cat recently recorded a five song EP with producer Eric Valentine (Hot Hot Heat, Third Eye Blind) which is due out on September 17 via Capitol Records. The title track “Simple” soars on power pop rock that carries the same edgy-yet-melodic ambience that only their fellow British band brethren have perfected. Here’s the song’s lyric video with black and white footage of the band recording in Valentine’s studio:
Free Bike Valet wanted to know more about the band so we interviewed co-founder Django Stewart:
How did you and your brother Sam come to move to Los Angeles from London?
“We actually moved separately from each other. I moved with my father and sisters and Sam was still in London in a band at the time. He followed a few years later.”
How is the music scene here compared to back home?
“I really don’t know what the music scene is like in London. I think the EDM scene has been big in both places for a while now but I also sense that the rock and roll indie scene is bubbling up again which is really exciting and great for us. There are a lot of great bands in L.A. at the moment like Gothic Tropic, Fever The Ghost, Carina Round, and Deap Vally. I’d like to think of L.A. as our home now too.”
Where have you been playing around town and with who?
“We started off playing the Hotel Cafe a lot as many bands do over here. As more opportunities kept coming we’ve gotten to play almost every small venue in L.A. My personal favorite shows have been playing the Troubadour on two occasions, once supporting Jamie N Commons and another time with Kitten. Both bands were great and the sound there is really good. We also had the chance to perform at the Ford Amphitheater with an entire circus troupe doing crazy things all around us. At one of our most recent shows we played the Skirball Cultural Arts Center for the opening of Gary Baseman‘s exhibition “The Door Is Always Open.” It included him painting on stage with us, and a warm up DJ set by Shepard Fairey. That was a really huge honor.
Now Gary Baseman is collaborating with you. How did this come about?
“Collaborating with Gary came about when we spotted him at one of our very first shows, he was so inspired by the music, he was just drawing pages in his sketch book. Claire Acey in our band informed Sam and I who he was and after hanging out with him at different friends’ parties –we have many mutual friends– we just became great friends and started experimenting. Seeing the music come to life through his imagination is just such a treat. I love how he pairs each of our songs with a visual representation and it almost feels like the song has been made twice as long and become twice as vibrant.
You just released a music lyric video for the song “Simple.” Can you tell us more about it?
“‘Simple’ is the title track of our EP and our debut album which will come out on September 17th and Spring 2014 respectively. We shot the video in Eric Valentine’s studio during the recording process. We initially just wanted to capture some of the recording but our friend Ed Shiers the director told us he could make it into a cool music video and it really turned out even better than I could have imagined.”
What do you plan to do next?
“As I previously mentioned, our EP comes out on September 17th on Capitol Records and to promote it we are going on our first North American tour with Bastille which starts in San Diego on the 16th. We’re so excited to finally hit the road after being cooped up for almost a year.”