Night Argent is a band on the rise — from playing South by Southwest and the Vans Warped Tour to jetting off next month to L.A. to record with an acclaimed producer.
But the five guys who make up the pop/alternative outfit all hail from the Tri-Cities.
And it was important to them to mark one of their biggest milestones yet in their hometown.
Plan your weekend Click here for the Tri-City Herald’s weekly Mid-Columbia Entertainment email newsletter
Never miss a local story.
They plan an all ages party and show April 22 in Pasco to celebrate the release of their self-titled EP.
“We all grew up here. This is where we played our first show. This is where we practice. This is where we record,” said Chase Manhattan, lead singer. “This is our home.”
The event starts at 7:30 p.m. at The Scarlet Room, a new recording studio and venue.
The new EP has five tracks, plus a bonus song. The guys have been working on the music for a few years.
The soaring Nothing More Beautiful was the first song done. It’s about finding strength when “everything is stripped from you” and you feel alone, Manhattan said.
“Opened up, torn apart, nothing more beautiful than your heart,” he sings on the track. “Turn your head to the sky, no one’s going to bring us down tonight.”
The pulsing Kamikaze was the last one completed. It’s a story of forbidden love.
“Tie me up, pin me down. Leave my heart beating ‘til my chest gives out,” Manhattan sings. “I’ll breathe you in, fill up my lungs. One more time, I swear I’ve got to give up.”
We all grew up here. This is where we played our fist show. This is where we practice. This is where we record. This is our home.
Chase Manhattan, lead singer
The guys’ music is electrifying, anthemic rock — it’s well-crafted, sophisticated, but still raw.
When it comes to songwriting, Manhattan typically comes to the band with an idea. The other members add parts, and the song grows from there.
Along with Manhattan, Night Argent includes Jeff Stachofsky on guitar, Shane Santanna on keys, Evan Taylor on bass and Zac Burrell on drums.
The band started as Goodnight Argent, but changed its name a couple of years back, signaling a new era and solidified sound.
In 2015, the guys won the International Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands in L.A., and then went onto play South by Southwest and the Warped Tour.
The band also signed with Outerloop Management and struck a booking partnership with Artist Group International, which works with bands from Muse to The Strokes.
It feels good to get it out there and into people’s hands.
Chase Manhattan, lead singer
The Night Argent guys produced their debut EP themselves, so it’s exactly the way they want it.
Manhattan said he’s proud of it. “It feels good to get it out there and into people’s hands,” he said.
It’s available through iTunes and through Night Argent’s website, www.nightargentofficial.com.
Fuse.tv also is streaming the EP online, and copies also will be available at the Pasco release party.
Next up for the band is a trip to L.A. to work on new music with producer John Feldmann.
It’s exciting, Manhattan said. So is the chance to celebrate the EP with family, friends and fans in the Tri-Cities.
“I lived in L.A. for a while and was doing music down there, but it wasn’t until I came back here that I really found my voice and my sound,” Manhattan said. “There’s something about being home. These are the people who supported us before anything started picking up. We wanted to spend this moment with them.”
The Scarlet Room is at 2820 N. Road 72.
IF YOU GO:
What: Night Argent concert and EP release party. All ages are welcome
When: 7:30 p.m. April 22
Where: 2820 N. Road 72, Pasco