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  INTERVIEW WITH DOUG ROBINSON OF NIGHT VERSES

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It's always pretty exciting when a new band comes along to shake things up a bit and one such band is Californian rock outfit Night Verses. But whilst the band may be new on the circuit, lead singer Doug Robinson certainly isn't as fans of the now defunct The Sleeping will testify.

Night Verses have this month released their debut EP 'Out Of The Sky' and the best news is it's absolutely free for you to download from their website at www.nightverses.com. Doug hitches up with MetalTalk.net to chew over the fat...

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After fronting The Sleeping for ten years how are you finding the transition to Night Verses?

"It was definitely a little weird at first but a lot smoother than I thought. I couldn't make the full transition right away due to the fact that all of us in The Sleeping were on different pages about how, or even if, we wanted to keep the band going. As much as I knew what I wanted I couldn't just abandon the people I grew up with. But it all worked out. The Sleeping kind of knew our time was up and once we solidified our break then I finally received the closure I needed to move forward.

Tell readers of MetalTalk.net how your involvement in Night Verses came to be...

I had moved out to Hollywood for a while to get away from everything in NY. I was fed up with music and just life in general that I felt I needed some type of change. So, I packed up and headed out west.

"A couple days after I got there a friend of mine (who I had met through touring) asked me to come to a show he had organized for a benefit. I honestly wanted nothing to do with music at that point; I just wanted to relax and come to grips with myself but because this friend always supported The Sleeping then I decided to do the right thing and go support.

"I get to this show and become instantly reminded of why I didn't want to be involved with music for a while. My friend winds up telling me about a band playing that he thinks I would really enjoy. I didn't really care to hear anything at that point but I just couldn't find it in myself to bail on him as a friend. So, these three musicians took the stage and they literally blew me away. They were an instrumental band playing music I have never heard before. I was hooked instantly and told them that (even though The Sleeping was still together at this point) one day I would sing for their band. Everything wound up happening for a reason and now here we are."

Introduce us to the other musicians and their backgrounds?

"Nick Depirro is 24 and he's the guitarist, Reilly Herrera is 23 and he's the bassist and Aric Improta is 22 on drums. They're based out of Fullerton, California and they've been playing together for about seven or eight years. They've mainly been an instrumental act due to the fact that they were just never able to lock in the right singer. They've even told me at points that they felt like giving up but just couldn't really get into the idea of creating music without one another."

And how does the music differ from The Sleeping?

"When The Sleeping ended, I wanted something with a similar edge. I wanted to be with musicians I love and respect heavily who create music for the sake of art... not money, fame or any other misleading focus. I met these guys and instantly connected with them on that wavelength. We have officially made this our living and we do want our sound to be heard by the world but we want to do it with integrity and sincerity.

"A lot of people think that can't happen anymore because most music has gone so far off the deep end but that's what makes us push harder for what we are trying to accomplish. As for the song writing, it's sonically a different unit. The influences within the musicians are different. The people are different and the vibe is different.

"I also feel that I have become more in tuned and evolved with myself as a singer. I loved The Sleeping more than anything but I did take some of it for granted at times when it came to taking care of my voice. There's just a different intensity inside of me, I suppose."

Are you hopeful and expecting fans of The Sleeping to transfer over to your new band?

"I felt extremely comfortable about this transition. The Sleeping have the most amazing fans in the world and I'm not trying to be one of those people who says it just to look good on record. We were a group of honest musicians who wrote music for the love of music. We didn't write it for any scene, we didn't write it for any trend and we didn't write it for any other reason but for the love of our art and bettering ourselves at our passion.

"Our fans knew that from day one and never left. No matter what we wrote, our fans stuck with us because they knew we were always wanting to evolve on all levels. So, when I made the switch and Night Verses was announced, people knew to expect the unexpected. They knew that this wasn't going to be something just to save my musical career. Fans knew that this was going to be something with integrity, from the heart and in your face. So far, all of the comments have been extremely positive from fans, new and old."

You'd been gigging extensively with your former band for ten years and it's been said you weren't looking to get involved with a new band immediately. Was there an element of burnout?

"I was definitely burnt out. It sounds selfish to say because music is my living but any job (love it or hate it) can crush you.

"However, it wasn't so much the physical aspect of touring that burnt me out but rather the mental aspect. When something you love loses momentum then you start to break down mentally. Your confidence deteriorates and you start to question what you're holding onto.

"I was also having a ton of relationship problems at the time and instead of growing up to face them I simply just ran to the other side of the country. My PMA was definitely taking a swan dive but it all seemed to have happened for a reason. Night Verses brought life back into me and I now feel more alive than I have felt in a long time."

You've toured across the world. Which countries have you found gigging in most enjoyable?

"Besides the USA, which will always be amazing because it's my home, I enjoy the UK. I'm a huge Clash fan and every time I've toured over there I somehow find myself mentally connecting to that era. The sense of freedom in another culture is one of the simple reminders of why I keep doing what I do and to be able to see it through the eyes of a musician is just a beautiful experience.

"Paris was also another incredible experience. Honestly, there's something worth connecting to wherever I go and I truly mean that."

How involved were you in producing the material for the newly released EP 'Out Of The Sky'?

"When we approached Kris Crummett we were all extremely pleased with his previous work, particularly Closure In Moscow's, 'First Temple'. We spoke with him and immediately connected on many levels but the main thing that drew us to him was his take on approaching the sound of this band. He understood the fact that we wanted to make our mark but we wanted to attack the thought very naturally.

"We wanted our songs to come across as songs with lasting impact but without compromising the artistic integrity and direction of the band. We weren't trying for typical formulas or anything like that. We let the music organically venture towards the direction it was going in and we adjusted what didn't sit right with us.

"People say there's a formula to successful music and to an extent that is correct. However, there are certain bands out there that bend the concept in an undeniable light... that's what we want. We want to be game changers because that's who we are as a band and as individuals. Everyone's equal and intense involvement helped all of this transform into the EP.

"When are UK fans going to be able to catch a live show? Sooner than they think..."

It's an often asked question for bands in interviews but who or where does Doug Robinson go for musical inspiration?

"Honestly, I don't know where I go for inspiration. I kind of take in sights and sounds and just let them consume who I am when I'm writing. I'm always inspired to write and when I'm not inspired to write then I've got my headphones and I'm always inspired to listen."

And looking into the future, musically what if any, goals are left to aim for?

"Sky's the limit!"

28.5.12


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wildfire festival EXCLUSIVE: WILDFIRE FESTIVAL 2015 ANNOUNCES FIFTY BAND LINE-UP
Wildfire is known for bringing the best in Scottish talent to Wiston Lodge, and there is one name everyone at Wildfire HQ agreed should be on the bill...

kiss KISS GET ANIMATED IN COLLABORATION WITH J-POP IDOLS MOMOIRO CLOVER Z!
Just when you thought the Metal world had gone insane enough with Babymetal...

ronnie james dio RONNIE JAMES DIO FIFTH ANNIVERSARY MEMORIAL EVENTS ANNOUNCED
The weekend will include a public memorial service, a celebrity bowling tournament and the inaugural Ride For Ronnie motorcycle ride and BBQ...

walkway WALKWAY RELEASE SINGLE AND VIDEO FOR 'STREETWISE'
The single is the first release from their second studio album. Walkway will support Status Quo in June 2015...

motley crue MOTLEY CRUE REVEAL DATE OF FINAL SHOW AND FINAL TOUR LAST LEG DETAILS: NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO OUT NOW
Motley Crue are also in the process of putting together the ultimate collector's album package...

art of anarchy PRESENTING ART OF ANARCHY FEATURING SCOTT WEILAND, BUMBLEFOOT, JOHN MOYER OF DISTURBED AND JON AND VINCE VOTTA
Poised to become one of the biggest new bands of 2015, Art Of Anarchy is redefining the rock supergroup...

jettblack JETTBLACK RETURN WITH A BRAND NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO
Jettblack get serious in 2015, kicking things off with a headline tour and new single in February...

dead kennedys DEAD KENNEDYS FANS PERFORM PUBLIC SEX ACT LIVE ON STAGE
"This was something definitely different to see at a punk concert..."

evil scarecrow EVIL SCARECROW'S MISSING TRACK FINALLY RELEASED! A MESSAGE FROM DR HELL!
Evil Scarecrow have just released a new, old version of 'Robototron', which they feel is the definitive version of their most popular track...

eddie and the hot rods BREAKING NEWS: ORIGINAL EDDIE AND THE HOT RODS LINE-UP REFORM FOR 40th ANNIVERSARY
This will be the first time all original members have played a full show together for over thirty years...

carthagods CARTHAGODS TO RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM WITH SPECIAL GUESTS INCLUDING TIM "RIPPER" OWENS, RON THAL AND MARK JANSEN
"It's been a long time that we look for this occasion to finally satisfy our fans..."

paddy goes to holyhead EXCLUSIVE: PADDY GOES TO HOLYHEAD ANNOUNCE FINAL CONCERT FOR ST PATRICK'S NIGHT
Sadly it's the end of an era as Paddy Goes To Holyhead have announced that they are to play their final gig...

grateful dead BREAKING NEWS: GRATEFUL DEAD TO RE-UNITE FOR 50th ANNIVERSARY FAREWELL CONCERTS
The reunion, billed "Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead", will feature the band's surviving members...

nazareth BREAKING NEWS: VOCALIST LINTON OSBOURNE LEAVES NAZARETH
"I am no longer a member of Nazareth. It didn't work out, for me, or for the band..."

lordi LORDI ANNOUNCE UK DATES FOR TOUR FORCE ONE
Lordi bring 'Scare Force One' to the UK for ten dates in the Spring...

nightwish NIGHTWISH REVEAL TRACKLIST & FORMATS OF 'ENDLESS FORMS MOST BEAUTIFUL'
The new studio album, released on 30th March, is available in several tasty formats...

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN LEADER STEVE HARRIS' MANSION BACK ON THE MARKET AT KNOCKDOWN PRICE
The mansion boasts its own pub called the Horse and Cart as well as an indoor swimming pool...

pete way EXCLUSIVE: ALL PARTIES IN BATTLE BETWEEN FIN MUIR AND PETE WAY OF WAYSTED GIVE A RESPONSE
"I can confirm that this appalling defamation is completely without foundation..."

death angel DEATH ANGEL ANNOUNCE UK HEADLINE SHOW AND DATES WITH QUEENSRYCHE AND ARMORED SAINT
Los Angeles Heavy Metal legends Armored Saint will join both acts for a special London show at the Electric Ballroom...

udo dirkschneider U.D.O. TO PLAY ENGLAND FOR THE FIRST TIME IN DONKEY'S YEARS
Germany's favourite rock god Udo Dirkschneider has announced three exclusive shows for the UK...

california breed CALIFORNIA BREED HAS GONE THE WAY OF BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION
After a great first album, the departure of a superstar drummer, and very little touring, California Breed is extinct...

kamelot KAMELOT SIGNS TO NAPALM RECORDS; NEW ALBUM AND TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED
In support of this highly anticipated release, Kamelot will hit the road for select UK shows, followed by a massive North America Tour...

the gentle storm ARJEN LUCASSEN AND ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN'S NEW BAND THE GENTLE STORM REVEAL TOUR DATES AND ALBUM DETAILS
"We'll perform some Ayreon classics together and premiere a couple of songs that will be on our upcoming album..."

jimmy page JIMMY PAGE IN FIGHT WITH ROBBIE WILLIAMS OVER HOUSE RENOVATION
The pair are neighbours and have fallen out over Williams' plans to revamp his multi-million pound mansion...

hard rock hell SAXON ANNOUNCED FOR HARD ROCK HELL 9 WITH ROCK GODDESS, PIG IRON AND MORE
Hard Rock Hell, aptly titled 'House of Horrors', are pleased to welcome Heavy Metal Titans Saxon back into their realm...

dark funeral DARK FUNERAL TO RELEASE 7INCH & DIGITAL SINGLE 'NAIL THEM TO THE CROSS' IN FEBRUARY
The single is available as a hand-numbered 7inch limited edition of which 500 copies are on black vinyl and 500 on blue vinyl...

santa cruz SANTA CRUZ TO RELEASE BRAND NEW SELF-TITLED ALBUM ON MARCH 9th VIA SPINEFARM RECORDS
Santa Cruz will also play five UK dates as main support to Amaranthe...

tygers of pan tang TYGERS OF PAN TANG TO HEADLINE GARAGE DAYZ RE-VISITED ALL DAYER IN LONDON
A mouth watering bill not only from bands that were a huge influence to bands like Metallica and Megadeth....

truffle TRUFFLE TO PLAY SPECIAL SOUTH COAST GIG WITH SIEGE, TOLEDO STEEL AND KODIAK JACK
Tickets are priced at only $7.50 for a night that promises to be full of faces from the area past and present....

ensiferum ENSIFERUM UNLEASH TWO NEW VIDEOS ON EVE OF LAUNCH ON NEW ALBUM
Today Ensiferum unveils the official new video for 'One Man Army''s title track as well as an in-depth "making of" clip...

autograph AUTOGRAPH RELEASE FIRST NEW SONG IN OVER 25 YEARS
Simply put, a reunion was both inevitable and essential...

steve hackett STEVE HACKETT ANNOUNCES NEW SOLO STUDIO ALBUM 'WOLFLIGHT' OUT ON 30th MARCH
The ten tracks take the listener through a journey in space and time looking at the different faces of the endless fight for freedom...

adrian smith IRON MAIDEN'S ADRIAN SMITH ROCKS UP IN CHISWICK WITH DOOGIE WHITE, ANDY BARNETT AND DAVE 'BUCKET' COLWELL
MetalTalk's first Gig Of The Week for 2015 turned up two major surprises as a great night was had by all...

sabaton SABATON ANNOUNCE "SABATON OPEN AIR" WITH POWERWOLF AND CIVIL WAR
Tickets are on sale now for this special event in Germany in July...

pig iron PIG IRON ANNOUNCE RELEASE DATE FOR FIFTH STUDIO ALBUM
'Sermons From The Church Of Blues Restitution' will be released worldwide via OYR on 2nd March and will be preceded by a high value four track EP...

sonata arctica SONATA ARCTICA ANNOUNCE EXCLUSIVE LONDON SHOW FOR 'ECLIPTICA OVER EUROPE TOUR 2015'
"On these shows we'll perform 'Ecliptica' in its entirety as well as assorted hits from our catalog..."

skalmold SKALMOLD UNVEIL NEW SPRING TOUR DATES WITH ELUVEITIE AND WIND ROSE
For those who didn't catch the Viking/Pagan Metallers live on tour, here's another chance...

tony iommi BLACK SABBATH LEGEND TONY IOMMI TELLS ALL ABOUT HIS CANCER BATTLE
"In the good old days there was cocaine everywhere. This time we had tea and coffee and health drinks..."

def con one DEF CON ONE ANNOUNCE CRUSHING HEADS TOUR
British Metallers Def Con One can be seen across the UK in 2015...

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