Interview with Ian (of The Nightmare Police)
Long Island-based pop punk trio The Nightmare Police are on the precipice of releasing their new album Losing The Light (out on 9 June) and are currently in the midst of a tour. However, the band that describes themselves as the band that has been ‘making you feel like there is a better tomorrow since 2014’, took the time to chat with AMNplify recently. Check out what Ian had to say below!
How and when did the band form?
The band formed in early 2014 as an acoustic act with myself and a good friend of mine Justin. We decided that we wanted to write songs about how we were feeling and hopefully allow people to relate to them, which is also where the name came from.
Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music?
When I was 14 years old and I started listening to Blink-182 and The Ataris in early high school. I just knew that I needed to do this.
Can you describe The Nightmare Police in one sentence?
Fun loving shy dudes who want to make people know they’re not alone in this world.
Who are your main musical influences?
Alkaline Trio, Paramore, Saves The Day, Bayside and The Menzingers.
What are the themes explored on the upcoming Losing The Light album?
We talk about heartbreak, loss, addiction and more on this record.
How does Losing The Light differ to your past releases?
This record is more personal than our first. We really delved deep into our psyches while writing this one. A lot of thinking of troubled times in our past and things we are going through in the present as well.
What makes The Nightmare Police different to similar sounding bands?
We like to think that our eclectic catalogue of songs speaks volumes to how different we are to other bands.
What has been your most memorable career highlight to date?
This is a toss-up between 3 shows: opening for Matchbook Romance at Webster Hall in NYC, opening for Like Pacific and Broadside on Long Island or our recent release show. All are just about on par with each other in my eyes.
What is something you would like to achieve career-wise that you haven’t done yet?
Would love to hit the left coast at some point and explore what that side of the country has to offer. Another would be to play overseas in Europe.
If you could play any venue in the world, where would it be and why?
Irving Plaza in NYC – I grew up seeing so many of my favourite bands at this venue and I would love to join their ranks.
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- Maggie Sapet