Long Island Rock outfit, NGHBRS, will release their debut full-length album, Twenty One Rooms, in July.
Twenty One Rooms is the follow-up studio release to the band’s successful 2010 EP, Hellomind, which earned the band high praise, including being coined by Alternative Press and AbsolutePunk.net as one of the “Top 100 Bands To Watch Out For in 2013.”
To record their debut album, NGHBRS moved into an abandoned mansion, the former estate of famous American poet and journalist, William Cullen Bryant, on the North Shore of Long Island in the fall of 2012.
The estate was later turned into a museum and eventually shut down, leaving behind exhibits and historical pieces still in tact. Over the course of two months, the band lived with no Internet, no television, and in a house that was rumored to be haunted.
“It was a really strange, inspiring time,” says vocalist Ian Kenny. “The whole experience really influenced the outcome of the record.”
The album was produced and recorded by Bryan Russell and Dan Gluszak, who also did the Hellomind EP.
Encouraged by the band’s raw energy and unique live performance, the band decided to record the album live.
“We just really wanted to capture something special with this record,” says Kenny.
“It was definitely a challenge, but it I think it really paid off,” adds guitarist Tommy Fleischmann.
Fusing elements of alternative rock with catchy melodies, impressive musicianship, rhodes keyboards, and ’90s grunge, NGHBRS has made it their mission to always separate themselves from the pack.
Formed in the summer of 2009, the band revolves around a strong work ethic, an intense practice schedule, and a constant fire under their belt. Drummer Jordan Schneider and guitarist Thomas Fleischmann have been playing in bands together for the previous 8 years, when they began to collaborate with vocalist/keyboard player Ian Kenny. Excited and intrigued about their newfound exploration, they moved into a practice space even before writing their first song. The band acquired bass player Eric Vivelo, and wrote and recorded their debut EP Hellomind, which was independently released in the summer of 2010.
“This is going to be an important year for us,” says Schneider, “We have a lot to prove.”
When asked what they’re hoping to prove, Kenny replies, “That we’re not just a one and done type of band. We’re always looking to take strides forward.”
NGHBRS is currently giving away their entire music collection for free on their Bandcamp, http://nghbrs.bandcamp.com/.
Twenty One Rooms on July 16th. Pre-Orders available June 6th.