29 Jan A CHAT WITH NIGHTFALL
So, we meet again. After finding out that Nightfall is premiering a new lyric video for the track ‘Mean Machine’ which was originally recorded by THE CRAMPS in 1994, I grabbed the opportunity to catch up with Efthimis and see what’s new in his world after our last chat.
Welcome back to the Chelfdom.
Let us set the stage first. Where do we find you? Please describe your surroundings.
Athens, with my dog and cat and my demons within throwing a party.
‘Mean Machine’ is a beautiful cover, originally recorded by The Cramps in the 90’s. How will we see the world differently after listening to that?
I guess you will not. It’s a beautiful song to dance to and sing along, and that’s it. You like it?
I do. The track was recorded by NIGHTFALL in December 1996 in Tico Tico studios, Finland and served as a bonus track to the “Lesbian Show” album. That brings back a lot of memories for me. What motivated you to go back and resurface this one?
I immediately fell in love with it. I found their cd at my then girlfriend’s place, got to listen to it and blown away.
In what ways do you feel connected to that song?
I got connected to the lyrics and the attitude of that band overall. People treated us like abnormal wasted youth then and I felt the lyrics of Mean Machine were about the acceptance of that role society gave us. A bit ironic, a bit true, a bit shit like me and you – see? it still inspires me to come up with stuff.
So, does it feel good to accept our inevitable and unavoidable bad side?
Only you know who you really are; everybody else relies on his/her own perspective. In that way, yes, it is unavoidable I am afraid. And that’s the reason why I so much hate stereotypes.
I do too. The Cramps were brought back to life with Tim Burton’s Wednesday Addams on Netflix. Did you watch the show? Thoughts?
I heard about it but haven’t found the time to sit down and watch it. I am not fond of spending my time watching stuff. As long as my feet are strong, I prefer to go see places and meet people.
When ‘At Night We Prey’ was first released we had a long chat about depression, stigma and how sharing our experiences is the only way to heal. What was the reaction of your audience to that? Are you getting a galore of messages from people that can relate to your mental health struggles?
Yes, and they’re a lot. It’s been an amazing trip, indeed. I mean, I opened up about depression, the album followed, and people responded with sharing their own experiences and struggles and everything. There’s a saying in Greece about partnership, it is good coz it multiplies happiness and divides pain. At Night We Prey has been the partnership of people who struggle to live better.
I never heard of that saying despite being a Greek, living in Greece! Loving it!
Are you currently working on new material? What does the future hold for Nightfall?
We are working on the new album, while we still give live shows to promote At Night We Prey.
Until we meet again,
Thank you sweet martyr of the cult of the dead for the nice chat.
I conducted the interview on behalf of Metal Digest magazine.
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