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Stage Buzz: Night Demon at Reggies • Chicago

| March 29, 2023

Night Demon appears at Reggies on Thursday, March 30

Night Demon
Reggies, Chicago
Thursday, March 30, 2023
Ventura, California’s metal power trio Night Demon is finally returning to Chicago. It’s been a long six years since they last appeared at Reggies opening for Anvil. Bassist Jarvis Leatherby, guitarist Armand, and drummer Dusty Squires are out in support of their new Century Media release Outsider which hit stores a few weeks ago. Their return to Reggies finds them opening for NWOBHM stalwarts Satan along with Los Angles-based Haunt for a night of classic metal.

The band did spend time in Chicago in 2020 recording their 7’ single “Are You Out There,” with a cover of Thin Lizzy’s “The Sun Goes Down” on the flip side. The recording took place with acclaimed producer and engineer (Nirvana, Pixies, PJ Harvey) Steve Albini at Electrical Audio.

IE asked Jarvis about how it was working with Albini. “Recording with Albini was just something we always wanted to do.  In 2020 we had a plan to release five different 7″ singles.  One every 5 weeks.  We felt the songs we had were not cohesive enough for a full-length record, so the idea of recording a single weekly was born.  We put together a list of our top 10 bucket list producers and started there.  Albini was high on that list.  We had already recorded some of the singles with Matt Hyde in LA and Flemming Rassmussen in Denmark.  Cirith Ungol (another band I manage) was playing a one-off at Reggie’s in 2019, so we phoned up Albini to see if we could get in for a day and track a song.  It was a really professional endeavor.  He literally sees himself as an audio engineer who just goes to work every day to capture the sound of the band recording in front of him.  He doesn’t see himself as a producer.  In fact, there was one time during the session when I asked his opinion on a choice of musical note in a guitar solo, and he actually refused to give his input.  Saying something along the lines of … ‘it’s your song.  You need to make that decision.’  You can also hear “Are You Out There” on the Year of the Demon compilation album that dropped last year, which includes all of the 2020 singles.”

Tickets are available for Night Demon, with Satan and Haunt on Thursday, March 30th at Reggies 2105 S State St, Chicago, IL 60616

-Pat Michaels

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