When Night Terrors of 1927 came out of the woodwork with their song "Dust and Bones," not a lot was known about the band. It didn't matter. Within a few months of the song's release, they were getting radio airplay and some notable attention from some of the industries top taste makers. Soon, it was revealed that the band was actually a duo that consisted of two veterans to the music scene, Jarrodd Gorbel - formerly of The Honorary Title, and Blake Sennett - formerly of Rilo Kelly. Once news spread that Sennett and Gorbel were the two behind Night Terrors, the band's buzz went even more widespread and that eventually led them to get a deal with Atlantic Records and releasing a new EP with more new music to follow. Alternative Addiction recently spoke with half of the duo, Night Terrors's Jarrod Gorbel about starting Night Terrors of 1927, and the band's upcoming tour with Fitz & The Tantrums.
"We met a couple of years ago," said Gorbel about meeting Sennett and starting to work together. "I was living in New York and I got his info through a friend. I flew to Los Angeles and he ended up producing a solo album I had made. A few years after that, after I moved to L.A. permanently, I just called him up to see if he wanted to write a song for the hell of it and that's how we kind of got started."
The relationship between Gorbel and Sennett started out professionally with Blake producing music for Jarrod, but once they started working on songs together they knew they had a chemistry between them that worked with Night Terrors of 1927. The duo can write music together, but they can actually record and produce their own music too. That's why it's surprising that they're not producing their debut LP for Atlantic entirely by themselves. They wanted to get some help and expand their sound with the help of a couple of producers. Sennett will receive a production credit, but so will two outside producers - Andrew Dawson and Ben H. Allen. Talking with Gorbel about working with the two producers instead of just recording the music themselves, he pointed to the expansion of the band's sound and not limiting what they can do as big reasons for working with both producers.
"We teamed up with them because they're both very different. We wanted to make sure we weren't just locked in to one sound. Dawson's sound - he's worked with Kanye West and Fun, it's a different world than us. Ben Allen- he's worked with Bombay Bicycle Club and some indie bands that we love. It's cool to work with both of those guys and not get caught up in one sound," added Gorbel.
That album just got finished up and is being prepped for release by Atlantic and Night Terrors of 1927 sometime this year. That release is on the minds of Gorbel and Sennett, but so is the band's upcoming summer tour. This summer Night Terrors of 1927 has dates scheduled from May to July. They'll hit the road with both Magic Man and Fitz & The Tantrums. That's something that Jarrod is excited about.
"I'm excited about going on the road with Fitz & The Tantrums. I actually am a genuine fan of theirs. I love that first record and all of their music. I'm excited for those shows and the Magic Man shows too. With Fitz, they're further into the dance/pop world than we are, but I think there's a crossover that will be beneficial for us. This is how it starts, go on tour until you're exhausted, this is how it begins - I've done this before. [laughs]"