Premiere: Nightmare Air, ‘Can Not Escape’


Dave Dupuis knows noisy. A guitarist who played with nu-gazers Film School and a sound engineer who’s worked with the likes of Silversun Pickups, the Duke Spirit and Jenny Lewis, Dupuis debuted his agit-rock trio Nightmare Air in late 2009 before relocating to Seattle, temporarily, so singer/bassist/girlfriend Swaan Miller could finish college. Now back in L.A. and joined by Jimmy Lucido (Light FM, among others) on drums, Dupuis and Miller have finished an album of exhilarating alt-rock that’ll have guitar heads spinning. The music reveals Dupuis’ fondness for the pretty-meets-dissonant textures fashioned by such bands as Sonic Youth and Swervediver and, in its boy/girl vocals, the pop music of his youth. Recorded with Nick Jodoin and mixed by Dave Schiffman, the album doesn’t have a release date yet. Just consider the single “Can Not Escape” a wake-up call.

||| Download: “Can Not Escape”

||| Live: Nightmare Air opens for Lee Ranaldo (of Sonic Youth) on Tuesday night at the Satellite.

Photo of Nightmare Air at their SXSW official showcase