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GenresRiot grrrl, Rock, Punk, Soul Funk, Garage rock, Alternative, Indie, Locomotive Punk! More...
LocationSeattle WA United States
Sounds LikeGrace Jones and Mahogany's Love Child.
Digital Locationhttp://nightrain-seattle.com/ musicpage.com/ntn
HistoryMember since: 11/05/2013 Year Founded: 2008
- Original material: 02 hrs : 30 min
- Cover material: 00 hrs : 00 min
- CDs released: 2
- CDs sold: 400
- Original Songs:
- Average Draw: 150
- Largest crowd: 300
- Have sound: Full PA
The women of NighTraiN were brought together as a concept band for an original stage play production called “Hot Grits.” In a process that was projected to take nine months, the women were to learn their assigned instruments, write songs and begin performing in the Seattle underground music scene in preparation for the play. The Band and their music were very well received. Although, very diverse in experience, age and backgrounds, the original women developed a profound friendship and connection in the music and decided to reunite after the stage play ended to form NighTraiN (NtN). “NighTraiN may have spun off from fictive origins (the members first played together in a band invented for, and central to, Dirty Girl Productions' Hot Grits musical), but nowadays the local foursome keep things real as fuck. Trading in swaggering, soulful, punk-inflected rock, NighTraiN have been unapologetically (if somewhat discreetly) wowing crowds since 2008. Part of their appeal undeniably derives from the band's aural homages to their PNW riot grrrl forebears, but thankfully, they own their sound completely, incorporating traces of wide-ranging influences, from synthy post-punk to lo-fi pop, into one charming package.” (Hollis Wong-Wear, The Seattle Weekly)
NighTraiN offers a fresh take on the garage, punk, and rock genres, and are constantly discovering their ever changing voice. The fluctuating ages of the group and their individual experiences genuinely affect the outcome of their music. Exposed to different viewpoints, they stick to their own truths; therefore, NighTraiN’s music is never stagnant or stuck within one genre due to their non-traditional approach. NighTraiN’s sound is a heavy engine hum formed by the blunt bass rhythms of Selena "No Pick" Whitaker-Paquiet. It is a heartbeat held steady by the percussive stylings of Taryn "Hot Legs" Dorsey. It is dark heat strummed from the guitar of Nicole "Jaja Juicy" Peoples and accompanied by the steam whistle wail of Rachael F. “Lead vocalist Rachael Ferguson sings with a gravelly steadiness over NightTrain's raucous percussion and electric strings, and it's exciting to see riot grrl owned by women of color, inevitably expanding and deepening the potential of punk music to speak on an inclusive (black) feminist discourse in music. And it looks like a good-ass time.”(Up & Coming, The Seattle Stranger) NighTraiN is establishing a new realm in music, and it is LOCOMOTIVE PUNK!
Seattle WeeklyJune 11, 2013
Ma’Chell Duma LaVassar
NightTraiN, band, featuring Rachael F., Taryn Ren’e Dorsey, Selena Whitaker, and Nicole Peoples Born in musical theater, NightTraiN is regarded as one of the city’s very best party bands.
SSG MusicFebruary 17, 2012
NighTrain are four females hailing from various corners of the Pacific Northwest who play what they describe as “Locomotive Punk;” that is, a sound characterized by elements of Punk, Motown, Soul and Funk. It seems the group coined the phrase themselves to describe their unique sound and it fits. When asked to name their influences, bassist Selena “No Pick” Whitaker-Paquiet, drummer Taryn Dorsey, vocalist Rachael Ferguson, and guitarist Nichole Peoples cite artists from Captain Beefheart to Cee-lo, to the New York Dolls to Florence and the Machine. Musically, they are hard to pin down.
The intro track on NighTrain’s debut album Derailed, entitled “NTN” cracks open with a Cramps-like riff before Vocalist Rachael Ferguson cautions “Choo choo motherfucker/We’ll beat your ass on this train”—a line which sets the perfect “take no prisoners” tone for what follows. On “Hey Hey,” Ferguson’s vocals trigger recollections of Sleater-Kinney’s Carrie Brownstein while her threat of “I’ll cut yaaaaa” on “The Diss,” sounds more Parallel Lines era Debbie Harry.
The StrangerJune 24, 2011
NighTraiN & Atomic Bride: Saturday Night at the Funhouse
Posted by Derek Erdman on Fri, Jun 24, 2011 at 9:19 AM
In the last week, I've heard NightraiN & Atomic Bride mentioned at least six times each in different (or the same) conversations. I figured I'd ask roughly the same questions to each band so we can all go ahead and get an idea of what is happening in the world of music today. It's insight, for free! NightraiN first:
Can you please explain to me what you're going after musically?
Rachael F: I think we're going after your mom, musically. Maybe your hot ass sister. She digs pre-programmed midis on keyboard and dancing in polyester. Aside from that I think we try to connect with our audience through driving rhythms and soul-like harmonics. Our destination is balls deep.
Selena: To express our diverse musical influences and create our own voice and unique sound which we have dubbed “Locomotive Punk” that is sort of a punk/funk/soul fusion.
NighTraiN: Like the cheap wine, son! Hop on it, mother fucker!
NighTraiN: "Like the cheap wine, son! Hop on it, mother fucker!"
When did NighTraiN form?
Selena: We were formed approximately 3.5 years ago for a stage production called "Hot Grits."
What are your prime musical influences?
Rachael F: Ike Turner, Parliament, ODB, The Dictators, Captain Beefheart, Frank Zappa, ACE, James Brown, Chuck Berry, Grace Jones, Diana Ross, Cee-Lo, Dolemite, Chaka Khan and Rufus.
Selena: Glam punk like the New York Dolls, Motown, James Brown and classical jazz.
Nicole: Blues, Florence and the Machine, Kurt Cobain, Christina Aguilera, and The Wallflowers.
(MORE AFTER THE CUT)
Is everybody in the group from Seattle or did you come from other places?
Selena: Selena Whitaker-Paquiet, our bass player, is the only true Seattlite. Our Drummer, Taryn Dorsey comes from Portland, Oregon and Rachael Ferguson and Nicole Peoples are from California.
Rachael F: I’m from Pasadena. You know, where the 90210 house is.
Nicole: I’m from San Jose, do you know the way?
Do you play a lot outside of Seattle?
Rachael F: We just started to play out. We just got done with our west coast tour.
Selena: This year we have made strides in performing out of state by doing a show first in Boise, Idaho and we just finished our west coast tour, which took us through Oregon, California and Nevada.
Have you released recordings?
Selena: We first released an EP entitled NighTraiN and our first full length CD entitled NighTraiN dERAILED
What are the favorite foods of the group?
Selena: Watermelon, tacos and anything that stays in the belly! We are very diverse in our eating habits, vegetarians, omnivores and cutetarians.
Nicole: Watermelon, tacos, and almond butter!
Rachael F: I’m the cutetarian. I don’t eat things that I think are cute. Fuck birds and fish. I’ll eat the hell out of them. Nothing cute about ‘em.
Taryn: Breakfast sandwiches!
Is the name NighTrain more like NIGHT RAIN or NIGHT TRAIN OR BOTH?
Selena: Actually it is NighTraiN (nTn, NtN)
Rachael F: Like the cheap wine, son! Hop on it, mother fucker!
Where did the name NighTraiN come from?
Selena: The James Brown dance!
Do the members of the group ever argue about anything? Have there been any fights of note?
Selena: Yes, we have argued. We are passionate about the music so of course, that leads to disputes. It is upsetting to disagree or feel your contributions are not being recognized so all fights are of note. We have set rules for communication which has been very helpful in allowing everyone's voice to be heard.
Nicole: I argue about a lot of things. Yeah... but we work it out.
Rachael F: One time I shot Selena in the foot.
As a whole, what are some things that the group NighTrain love?
Selena: Laughing, making music, bunnies, sparkly things and loving!
Rachael F: Food and drinking and ogling at hot dudes.
Nicole: All but one loves dick. Can you guess which one that is?
What can a person expect from the show Saturday night at the Funhouse?
Selena: High energy entertainment and fun!
Rachael F: Mayhem!
Also, please add anything you'd like here:
Selena: Choo choo mutha fuckas!
Well, well, wellington! Thanks a lot, NightraiN!
AfropunkMay 13, 2011
Is there ever anything better than an all-girl band? How about an all-Black, all-girl, punk rock band? With a take charge attitude reminiscent of Sugar Babydoll and Sleater-Kinney combined with the same kind of charisma as The Go-Go's (or The Carrie Nations for everyone up on their cult film classics), NighTraiN are embarking on their first ever west coast tour in June, and would love nothing better than to have the support of a bunch of West Coast Afro Punkers who know how to have a good time. If you’re in Portland, San Diego, Las Vegas or any of the other cities set to receive these sassy purveyors of locomotive punk, (see complete list of cities below) please come out and show your support. They also launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the tour. Here, the ladies tell us why it will be worth every second of your time.
Interview by Camille Collins
2 Questions for Selena:
* What was it like, being brought together as strangers as a “concept band” for the play Hot Grits?
I was excited for the challenge. I saw it as an opportunity to learn a new skill – playing an instrument – and I knew that something spectacular would come from it. I totally expected that this venture would be something that would change my life.
* What do you like most about rocking out on stage with this particular group of women?
The friendship. I genuinely love these women! We are so different from each other in every aspect and it is these differences that I have truly come to respect. They have taught me a lot about working together and sharing the creative process; as well as, taught me more about myself.
2 Questions for Rachael:
* Name some of the musical influences you and your band mates have in common.
We have so many individual influences. But we all generally love something with a hard driving rhythm, songs that make you want to move/dance, songs that have big voices and songs that are lyrically exciting. Grace Jones, Nina Simone, Janelle Monae, James Brown, Motown, Chaka Khan, Funkadelic, Hall and Oates, Fishbone, The New York Dolls, T-Rex, Yazz...
* What is one of your favorite touring pastimes?
Oh, we haven’t toured before. This will be our first time. The West Coast is going to pop NTN’s cherry.
2 Questions for Taryn:
* How did you decide that now was the time to embark on the first NighTraiN tour?
Well, we have been playing around Seattle for 3 years and have played with so many great bands, and venues all over town. So we thought it was time to put ourselves out there and rock the west coasts face off. We also got a lot of love and support from fellow musicians; they gave us tips and contacts to help us get on tour. As a band it’s just the perfect time for us to do so, I am beyond excited!
* Name three things about your band mates that inspire you.
There are of course many more than three, but I love their pure creativity, their wit and humor (you should hear our practice tapes, hilarious!) and their courage to do our own music our way.
2 Questions for Nicole:
* What can fans expect from a live NighTraiN show?
A lot of energy, sass, sweat, fist pumpin, and a dancin good time.
* Your website mentions a forthcoming album this year. How far along are you with the project, when can we expect it, and please describe locomotive punk!
We have been writing and creating new songs and are talking with people who would like to record us. But ya gotta wait til after tour!
Locomotive punk came from a few things; the fact that our chant is “Choo Choo Motha Fuckas!” When we would tell people about the band they would ask us what kind of music we play and we had a hard time describing our genre of music because we have so many influences! We also didn’t want to be boxed in and we came up with our chant “Choo Choo Motha Fuckas!”
Lastly, anyone can weigh in on the following (2 part question):
* Do y’all already have groupies, and what kind of style inspirations will be informing your onstage looks this summer?
I don’t think we have “groupies” per say, but we definitely have loyal fans.
Our on stage style is usually determined by how we feel at the time. We usually pick a color theme for a show, which allows us to express our fabulous individual style, but yet gives us a connection on stage. We definitely like color, vintage fashions, and everything in between! It’s important for us to look and feel good on stage, and we do!!
Sound on the SoundJanuary 11, 2011
Hobosexual has had something special up their flannel sleeves for tomorrow night’s “Bill from the Ashes” and it is not to be missed.
ANNOUNCEMENT! Hobosexual has joined forces with the vocal power of fellow locals NighTraiN for our Sept 10th Columbia City Theater show! The lovely Taryn, Selena and Rachael will be joining Jeff and Ben onstage for the most rip roaring party this side of the continent for ONE NIGHT ONLY! This is going to be AMAZING! If… you miss this one, you’d better be DEAD or IN JAIL…and if you’re in jail….BREAK OUT!
The partnership is two months of practice in the making and from all accounts it has created a metal-soul force to be reckoned with. Not to mention it will be sandwiched between the triumphant return of Hounds of the Wild Hunt and Baltic Cousin’s angry Americana. (Seriously, buy your tickets.)
If you want to know more about the mind behind Hobosexual and their massive riffs, we recommend you read this excellent (and amusing) interview The Stranger’s Trent Moorman conducted with Ben Harwood. We’ve long contended that Ben is one of Seattle’s finest guitar players and definitely one of the city’s most criminally underrated musicians, so it’s great to see someone else take notice.
I mean, just read Moorman’s description of Hobosexual and tell me (if you love the rock) you aren’t twitching with excitement for tomorrow’s sonic assault:
“Hobosexual are a band, a loud ideal, a state of mindfucking. Formed from the remnants of Iceage Cobra and Vindaloo, Hobosexual (Ben Harwood and running mate Jeff Silva) have released a self-titled album of mad, scattered, full-frontal rock attack. It’s a sound with scurvy, a creaming of fuzzed amplification that builds and fans out. Way out. Think Thin Lizzie and Black Sabbath burning on a pyre of Lincoln Logs. It’s a bloodletting of wattage with loping, chunked stacks of heaving guitars.”
See you tomorrow in the pit!
Three Imaginary GirlsNovember 16, 2010
Hello. Two of my favorite Seattle bands are sharing a bill at the Funhouse on Friday the 19th. NighTrain brings the filth with soul, funk, rock & roll and feminism. You'll be ready to start a fire or a riot grrrl band after watching them play. Seriously.
Pony Time is awesome. Stacy Peck is a crazy good drummer, and singer Luke Beetham has this "love child of Buddy Holly and Gary Numan" vibe to his vocals which is fantastic. Not to be missed is bratty 70's style pop punk group Jaguar Paw and Dan Dan MacInTire's comedy - I am assuming it will be hilarious. With the Funhouse's famed Jell-O shots and cheap beer, how could it not?
This also happens to be Funhouse booker Brian Foss' wife's birthday show. Don't be lame, put your dancing shoes on and come buy the birthday girl a shot!
Show at 9:30, $6 at the door. See you there!
The StrangerJuly 01, 2010
NighTrain may have spun off from fictive origins (the members first played together in a band invented for, and central to, Dirty Girl Productions' Hot Grits musical), but nowadays the local foursome keep things real as fuck. Trading in swaggering, soulful, punk-inflected rock, NighTrain have been unapologetically (if somewhat discreetly) wowing crowds since 2008. Part of their appeal undeniably derives from the band's aural homages to their PNW riot grrrl forebears, but thankfully, they own their sound completely, incorporating traces of wide-ranging influences, from synthy post-punk to lo-fi pop, into one charming package. They'll fit nicely alongside this bill's other estimable performers, but the night—their CD release celebration—should belong to them.
Seattle Post IntellingencerFebruary 09, 2010
Night Train is a four piece all-girl band that plays jagged and rhythmically unpolished punk progressions over a soulful and boisterous lead singer with zany style to boot. Their set was highly danceable and very fun!
November 05, 2009
This Saturday, local punk quartet NighTrain will perform, and based on their music video for their song "The Diss"-- which features, in one frame, a shirtless man on a leash--they should bring a searing new sound and perspective to the usual hip-hop and R&B atmosphere of Ladies First. Lead vocalist Rachael Ferguson sings with a gravelly steadiness over NightTrain's raucous percussion and electric strings, and it's exciting to see riot grrl owned by women of color, inevitably expanding and deepening the potential of punk music to speak on an inclusive (black) feminist discourse in music. And it looks like a good-ass time.