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Discover The Undiscovered: Nightmare Air

By Staff; Photo by Olivia Hemaratanatorn on November 12, 2012


Discover The Undiscovered: Nightmare Air

2012 has almost wrapped which means we only have 2 more DTU bands to share this year. May we present to you NIGHTMARE AIR, a rock band from Los Angeles, California, fronted by the dynastic duo of Dave Dupuis (guitar, vocals) and Swaan Miller (bass, vocals). 

As Nightmare Air, Dupuis, a veteran of L.A. shoegazers Film School (Beggars Banquet) and Miller, whose stark early-2000s acoustic album on Important Records melted hearts and faces everywhere, meticulously layer boy-girl harmonies, psych noise loops, fuzz-ripped bass and howling rock power into a fresh, upbeat sound all their own. With Detroit-raised heavy hitter Jimmy Lucido on drums, Nightmare Air put on a live show that's earned them heaps of praise at home and across the pond.

In their many combined years of touring, these road veterans have supported heavyweights from Smashing Pumpkins to The Jesus and Mary Chain, Swervedriver to TV on the Radio. In 2010, Nightmare Air toured North America on the heels of their debut EP — headlining four nights of Toronto’s Canadian Music Week, earning spins on the BBC and holding Top 10 status on college and indie radio. Recently, Nightmare Air opened for Sonic Youth legend Lee Ranaldo, and The Cult at their SXSW 2012 showcase.

Nightmare Air have just completed their debut studio full-length due out early 2013 on Saint Marie Records. The record was mixed by Dave Schiffman (Nine Inch Nails, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Mars Volta) with mastering by Howie Weinberg (Nirvana, Sonic Youth, The White Stripes). The album, still untitled and as-yet-unreleased, has already gotten its first kick of momentum — landing the track "Escape" on Under the Radar's upcoming spring sampler.

MP3 “Escape” 

Nightmare Air - Escape (official video) from Dave Dupuis on Vimeo.


FILTER: Who are your main influences?
NA: We are a product of the rock music and alternative rock music scene of the 70's, 80's and 90's.
Who is loud and proud and sounds good to us right now? That's who inspired the last song we wrote.

FILTER: How did you meet?
NA: Swaan and I (Dave) are from the same town in New Hampshire and actually went to the same High School but met years later in California. After being friends for many years and going through a few other bands we decided to start our musical endeavor which quickly turned into Nightmare Air. Our kick ass drummer Jimmy was a friend in LA who was playing with a few other bands. In 2011 it was time for a drummer for he was the first and only choice I could think of. I'm just glad he said yes!

FILTER: What is your biggest achievement as a band to date?
NA: Being a new-ish band we are on the mission to play to as many people and places as we can. For sure our biggest achievement to date is pulling off the world tour we just finished: 3 1/2 months and 9 countries  all without a record,  label support or agency. Now that we've chosen to go with Saint Marie Records for our debut full length next year, we're planning to top what we done and keep the rock train on the rails for as long as possible.

FILTER: Where did the band name originate?
NA: It comes from an old skateboard film I (Dave) grew up watching. The name had been on my potential list of band names for years, hearing the tempo and wall of sound that came from the first jams we had I knew the time was right to bring it out! Which film and what part is for us to know and you to find out.....Have you seen him?

FILTER: Favorite Bands?
NA: Black Sabbath to Sonic Youth....Can to Swervedriver.....Pink Floyd to A Place to Bury Strangers and everything loud, upbeat and glorious in between.

FILTER: Plans to Tour/ Next Release?
NA: With the release of the debut studio alum in early 2013 on Saint Marie Records we will be on the road as much as possible!
We just finished our first major tour across the US/ UK and Europe. 3 1/2 months,  9 Countries, countless fans and good times.
We are returning home to Los Angeles for a December Residency at the Silverlake Lounge then a short West coast run with UK Legends The Wedding Present in Feb 2013.

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