Nite end up in the doghouse for good in their wickedly weird new single and video Good Boy — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
A thumping, pumping blast of darkwave synth-rock that balances tensely ominous sonics against an outsized, cathartic chorus, Good Boy — the latest track from the Dallas duo of Kyle and Myles Mendes — is a horror-movie anthem of addiction and unhealthy relationships.
“Since the instrumentation set up the song to be more grungy, we wanted the lyrics to be playful — almost vindictive,” they say. “Twisted Sister’s We’re Not Gonna Take It was a reference for how we wanted the chorus to sound; we wanted to repeat a strong and spiteful message. We paced in circles writing the lyrics, while Myles’ black cat knocked everything he could off the table at our feet. He may have inspired the title and chorus — and he is featured in the Good Boy music video.”
The visual component is a dark testament to Good Boy’s resounding lyrics. Nite don’t hide in the shade, preferring to embrace the shadowy blackness of the song itself. “We were influenced to delve into the horror drama by playing the video game Dead By Daylight with our friends. This is a horror/survivor game featuring killers like Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger and Ghost Face.
“We also researched classic horror films like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Halloween and Saw, which inspired us to create our own killer. We chose our Too Spooky mascot to be the killer: A black cat with a wicked, red smile. Dressed in all black and wielding a knife, we think he fits the archetype perfectly.”
The song came together in Nite’s own home studio, where their creativity was able to thrive in their own developed spaces. “Both of us have our own home recording studios where we track our instruments and vocals,” the band share. “The bass riff was the first instrument we tracked for Good Boy. It set the tone for a dark, gritty dance anthem. After the instrumental was completed, we tracked our drummer Phil Helms in our rehearsal space. We hope that we captured the intense energy we express on stage in the recording.”
An electronica-infused dream-rock band dominating musical and lyrical soundscapes with swooping industrial undertones and electric guitar overtones, Nite have shared stages alongside Small Black, The New Division, Dreamers, The Griswolds, Clean Bandit, Midge Ure, Modern English and more. Their Sleepless album dropped in 2020, followed by a remix album in 2021.