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Nightbox
OriginWicklow, Ireland
GenresDance-punk, Indietronica, Electropop
Years active2009–present
Websitenightbox.ca
MembersJacob Bitove
Nick Bitove
James Tebbitt
Andrew Keyes
James Shelly

Nightbox are a dance-punk band originally from Wicklow, Ireland.[1] The five-piece consists of Toronto-born brothers Jacob Bitove (Vocals) and Nick Bitove (Drums), Andrew Keyes (Bass), James Tebbitt (Lead Guitar) and James Shelly (Synthesizers).[2]

The band moved to Toronto, Canada in 2010, where they recorded their self-titled debut EP (released February 2011), produced by MSTRKRFT's Al-P and Death From Above 1979's Sebastien Grainger.[3]

Contents

  • 1 History
  • 2 Appearances
  • 3 Releases
    • 3.1 EPs
    • 3.2 Singles
    • 3.3 Remixes
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

History

Nightbox formed in Wicklow, Ireland after meeting at St. Gerard's School in Bray. The group's brothers, Jacob and Nick formed their first band with classmates James Shelly and James Tebbitt, "The Trotskies"; a project that culminated in their first record of original songs.[4] Upon graduating from St. Gerard's, Nick and James Shelly went to study at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). During that time, Jacob and James Tebbitt enlisted Andrew Keyes, changed the band's name to Nightbox and continued playing music through secondary school, going through various drummers and arrangements. In July 2009, the band made their debut appearance at Ireland's largest music festival (60,000+ attendees), Oxegen, Ireland. The festival's sponsor, Heineken Music Ireland, ranked Nightbox's performance in the Top-3 of the entire festival,[5] out of hundreds of acts, claiming Nightbox to be their new favourite Irish band.[6] In January 2010, after Nick and James Shelly graduated from UNC and Jacob, James Tebbitt and Andrew graduated from St. Gerard's, the band relocated and reformed in Toronto, Canada.[7]

The five-piece, now based in Toronto's Kensington Market, released their debut EP in February 2011, produced by Sebastien Grainger (Death From Above 1979) and Al–P (MSTRKRFT). Critical and commercial reaction to the band's eponymous debut was noteworthy on a world scale. The music video for single "Pyramid" earned heavy rotation on Canadian music television stations, debuting on MuchMusic's "The Wedge" program.[8] The track was also released as part of French label Kitsuné's Maison No. 11 Compilation.[9] "Pyramid" was chosen by NME as a Top-10 download, who acclaimed it "takes on a fresh sound of its own".[10] UK's Dazed & Confused Magazine said "(Pyramid) takes a hedonistic approach with high energy results on a new breed of dance."[11] The EP was re-released in Japan in September 2011 on Rallye Label,[12] selling out 1,000 copies on its initial offering.

Prominent Irish blogger, Nialler9, stated "All signs point to Nightbox as the most likely successors to Two Door Cinema Club's worldwide ubiquity".[13] In August 2011, Nightbox made their debut appearance in the UK, with a headlining tour which included plays at Reading & Leeds Festivals.[14] They also earned a slot at Ireland's Electric Picnic Festival where BBC exclaimed, "The glitchy synths and the guitars sound delightful... and by jove do they know how to write a hook", rating the performance an impressive 8/10.[15]

Nightbox have directly supported acts including Death From Above 1979 at their reunion, homecoming Toronto show in October 2011; Ellie Goulding; North-by-Northeast Music and Film Festival (NXNE) headliners Devo (July 2011); The Jesus and Mary Chain; Cults and Diamond Rings. From November 2011 – March 2012, Nightbox toured across Canada, Ireland and the UK supporting fellow Canadian artist Lights. Nightbox remixed Lights' single "Toes", released as an official bonus track on the iTunes Deluxe Edition of her second album 'Siberia'. In January 2013, Nightbox remixed Satellite Stories' "Helsinki Art Scene", released as part of the Finnish band's 'Singles Remixed EP'.

A debut album slated for Spring 2013 did not materialise. In February 2014, the group announced 'The Panic Sequence' EP would be released on 22 April 2014 on Rare Beef Records.

Appearances

• "Relocate You" featured on MTV's Season One Premier of The Inbetweeners (USA).[16] The track has also appeared on MTV's The Pauly D Project[17] and in Season 4 of USA Network's In Plain Sight.[18] The "Relocate You" music video, produced and directed by Kheaven Lewandowski earned heavy rotation on Much Music and MuchMore Music directly following its release in January 2012.

• "Pyramid" featured on French record label Kitsune's 'Maison Compilation #11' & 'Gildas Kitsune: Club Night Mix'.[19] The track also appeared on MTV's The Inbetweeners (USA), Season 1, Episode 2,[20] and featured on the Official Urban Outfitters' "Music Mondays" playlist.[21]

• "Bears" featured on the television series Degrassi Season 11, Episode 25.[22]

References

  1. ^ "Nightbox EP Review". Exclaim!. 
  2. ^ "Rise Nightbox". Dazed & Confused. Dazed Digital. 
  3. ^ "AUX.TV Download of the Week". AUX.TV. 
  4. ^ "MuchMusic: Nightbox". MuchMusic. Much Music. 
  5. ^ "Oxegen '09 – Top Three". Heineken Music Ireland. Heineken Music Ireland. 
  6. ^ "Nightbox – Oxegen". Heineken Music Ireland. 
  7. ^ "Outside the Nightbox". NOW Magazine. 
  8. ^ "Nightbox Interview on The Wedge". MuchMusic Canada. 
  9. ^ "Kitsuné Meets Nightbox !". Kitsuné. 
  10. ^ "NME 10 Best Free Downloads". NME. NME. 
  11. ^ "Rise Nightbox". Dazed & Confused. Dazed Digital. 
  12. ^ "Rallye Label Website". Rallye Label. Rallye Label. 
  13. ^ "Introducing Nightbox". Nialler9. Nialler9. 
  14. ^ "Reading Festival 2011 Line-up". Reading Festival. Reading Festival. 
  15. ^ "BBC Electric Picnic 2011 – Nightbox". BBC Across the Line. BBC Across the Line. 
  16. ^ "Music from The Inbetweeners". MTV. MTV. 
  17. ^ "Music from The Pauly D Project". MTV. MTV. 
  18. ^ "Nightbox on in Plain Sight". Greater Goods Co. Greater Goods Co. 
  19. ^ "Kitsune Shop: Club Night Mix". 
  20. ^ "Music from The Inbetweeners". MTV. MTV. 
  21. ^ "Urban Outfitters Music Mondays". Urban Outfitters. Urban Outfitters. 
  22. ^ "Degrassi Music". Much Music Degrassi. Much Music Degrassi. 
  23. ^ "Nightbox EP iTunes". iTunes. Apple. 
  24. ^ "Nightbox EP (Rallye Label)". Rallye Label. 
  25. ^ "The Panic Sequence EP". Atria Music/Rare Beef. 

External links

  • Official Website
  • Nightbox Facebook
  • Nightbox Twitter


   

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