I had some spare time to talk to Carter from Nightmares whom recently signed to the glorious Rise Records.
Read it below:
Starting off the interview. How did Nightmares come to be? How did you all meet each other?
Carter: Well, we were all in different bands, and knew each other through the local music scene. Eventually, we were all at a point where our previous bands had broken up so we decided to form Nightmares.
So recently Nightmares has signed to Rise Records, and you’re their most recent signing. How did that all come to play? What made you want to sign with Rise Records out of everyone else you could have went too?
Carter: We just felt like Rise was the best fit for us. They believed in our vision and were willing to back it 100%. It was an obvious decision to go with them.
In other Nightmare news.. You guys have a new album coming out? Care to let us know a little bit about that?
Carter: Yeah, it’s an 11 song LP. Each track is named after an old-school horror flick, which is really fitting to how the record sounds. It’s a really personal record to me; I didn’t hold anything back.
What was it like to write / record this album? Can fans expect more songs like “In The Mouth Of Madness”? or something completely different with each song?
Carter: It took SO long. We wrote and recorded the whole record over the span of a year. We would make our way up to Think Sound Studios (in Greensboro, NC) every other month and crank out a song or two for a week with our producer Drew Fulk. I liked writing the record this way because we didn’t feel rushed to finish a whole album in such a short amount of time. The record has a good mix of songs like “In The Mouth Of Madness” and other heavier songs with more screaming. We also have songs that are just really weird, but I love them.
So… Besides Tyler Carter are there anymore guest vocalist?
Carter: We wanted to get one more from a friend of ours, but it just didn’t work out.
Last question regarding the albums, looking back is there anything you would change on it? Or is the perfect product from Nightmares?
Carter: Nothing at all. I’m so proud of this record. Since it was written and recorded over such a long period of time, this process made each song better and better than the previous, mostly because our writing just gradually became better. I think our record is something fresh people will enjoy.
So what are some other plans for Nightmares this year? Talks of touring? Another music video? Anything that you can let us know about now?
Carter: Touring! We currently have one planned for early summer, and then we’re going to be touring all of this upcoming fall. We are also planning to start shooting another new music video next month for one of my personal favorite songs on the record.
What would be the dream tour for Nightmares?
Carter: Dream Tour? A Day To Remember, Bring Me The Horizon, Underoath, The 1975. If this were to happen…it would be insane.
Sort of a personal opinion question: What is your take on album piracy? Is it harmful? Can it be useful?
Carter: What I believe is that if you love an artist and want to see them be able to come to your city, then buy their music. That’s the only way they’ll be able to make it out to your city. The more support, the better
Last question, and I thank you for taking the time to answer these for us. Why do you believe that Nightmares is the album people should listen to? What makes nightmares different from the rest?
Carter: No problem at all! Our whole record is honest. We didn’t write songs to just have songs. Each song has an emotional background that you can feel when you’re listening. I feel that when kids listen to it, they won’t just be like, “Oh, that’s kind of cool,” but then forget about it two weeks later. Our record is one you won’t forget.
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