If you’re from the LA music scene, you may recognize Goodnight Kiss - as they were selected by KCRW’s Anne Lott was one of LA’s best new indie bands of 2017! Today, they bring us their new song “Too Late” and we understand why they receive the praise that they do.
“Too Late” starts off with a simple, but yet totally catchy & cutting guitar riff. After that, you have introduced the elements of drums, bass, and synth. The vocals kick in around the 30-second mark with grabbing melodies that suck you completely into the world of Goodnight Kiss. The song creates its own atmosphere and that is where you will find yourself as a listener in this song. The lyrics are simple, but again, cutting. It seems to be the theme for these indie rockers in Goodnight Kiss - spelling out to all listeners that less is more, in all aspects. Musically, it can be compared to MUSE, The Smashing Pumpkins, and Radiohead, which are all 3 iconic influences in the indie/ rock scene. The vocal delivery is unreal, allowing their singer to appear larger than life and not even human. The song carries the same riffs and melodies but even after 3 and a half minutes, you aren’t annoyed but rather completely tuned into what Goodnight Kiss is offering with “Too Late”.
This song is incredibly catchy! So, please be careful as it will 100% be stuck in your head all day. Listen to “Too Late” today on all streaming platforms and see for yourself what these amazing indie rockers are all about.
Listen to "Too Late" here.
Hey Goodnight Kiss! Thanks for taking the time to speak with us at Buzz Music! “Too Late” is a repetition of a song but never gets old. Was this a conscious effort and how did you approach a minimal song like this?
Hey Buzz Music! Thank you for having us. Our writing process is usually to start with a riff or groove and build with the goal of finding hooks while keeping the overall song structure simple enough for the hooks to stand out. In the case of “Too Late,” our singer Wes brought a pretty baked demo of the song to rehearsal and we took it to new levels from there. At the core, we wanted to combine Too Late’s heartbreak lyrics with an upbeat dance groove that has us hopeful for the future. Life goes on, and it’s important to keep dancing!
Who is the producer that was selected for the job on “Too Late” and was this your first time working with them?
We were lucky enough to work with Bo Bodnar at EastWest Studios – who has produced or engineered a ton of amazing bands like Tenacious D, Belle and Sebastian, and Slipknot.
He helped us out with our demos a while back, but to work with him in a studio-like EastWest was an incredible experience. Bo brought in the amazingly talented Diego Ruelas to mix the album, who absolutely crushed it as well.
How do you feel like your brand of indie rock music helps you stand out in a city such as Los Angeles?
LA has so many great bands that it’s really difficult to stand out amongst our peers. So our philosophy is to write good songs, play the best shows we can, and – above all – don’t be assholes. Support local bands, engage with our fans on a personal level (not just to get Instagram followers), and hope that people connect with our music. Anything beyond that is a bonus.
Honestly, we’re just a bunch of guys who love to write, play, and laugh. We think this shows up in our music and performances. It’s up to the audience to decide if it works for them.
What have been some of the most defining moments of your career so far?
A few standout moments are opening for Blind Melon earlier this year, @PatrickReza creating a dubstep remix of our song “Better Days” which exposed us to fans of a completely different genre, and having our debut Abandon Ship EP selected by a panel of KCRW’s Anne Litt, Lord Huron’s Mark Berry, and Bauhaus’s David J. as the winner of the 2017 Indie Soul contest. That said, we’re looking to expand and reach new heights, and we plan to add more defining moments to the list!
When and where can fans see you live next?
Our next show is at The Tavern in Ventura on December 20th, and we’re always booking shows in the area. Follow us @goodnightkissband and check out our website (goodnightkissband.com) for info on releases, show schedule, and booking info. I hope to see some new faces and make a few new friends at our next shows!