Black Nite Crash Critiques The “Sugarwave” Of Self-Image

Seattle-based Indie Rock band Black Nite Crash has presented the single “Sugarwave” a melodic take on Indie-Rock influenced Post-Punk, and the second single from their album Washed in the Sound with Black Nite Crash. It was mixed by longtime collaborator Matt Brown (Trespassers William) and mastered by Adam Straney. The album will be will be released on October 14th, 2022 through Neon Sigh.

Black Nite Crash features Jim Biggs (vocals, guitar), John Parker (bass), James Stone (guitar), Tony Zuniga (drums) and Claire Tucker (guitar/vocals). Formed twenty years ago, Black Nite Crash has involved more than 30 members over the years, surrounding Jim Biggs, the last remaining original member.

Claire Tucker comments on the single:

The lyrics for ‘Sugarwave’ started out as scenes from a dream wherein my husband pulled some rather out-of-character capers. It got me thinking about dreams he’s told me about, where I did strange or terrible things, and what that might mean about our perception of each other — and even whether there was some hidden truth to the dreams. The song eventually developed into an impression of the gap between people’s true internal selves and how everyone else perceives us, and the attempt to bridge that gap, impossible as it may be. But the desire to be known can be at odds with the allure of likes and compliments and approvals and little dopamine hits — and that’s the Sugarwave.

The energy of the song is undeniable – we can’t keep still while playing it. We haven’t done anything quite like it in a while. It’s another piece on the new record that feels, for us, like a bit of a departure from the last few albums. We’ve been trying to let the songs just come and guide us rather than trying to force things to sound like some preconceived notion of what the band should sound like.

Album cover artwork by CJ Burton. Concept by Jim Biggs.

Work on the Washed in the Sound with Black Nite Crash LP began before the pandemic, the songs a reflection of a band finding its feet again, with the then relatively new members Claire Tucker and Sharim Johnson putting their imprint on this batch of songs. Then lockdowns began before tracking could be completed.

Jim Biggs promises:

This is the band’s fifth full length in nearly twenty years of existence, and it looks to be the start of a period of more frequent releases as we work through our backlog of unreleased recorded songs, not to mention the surplus of new material we’re working on even now.

To celebrate their new album, Black Nite Crash will be playing a handful of live shows, beginning with an October 8th, 2022 album release show at Seattle’s The Central Saloon, followed by the Portland release show at The Sixon on November 5th, 2022.

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