New Wavers Astari Nite named their band after Vincent Van Gogh's famous "Starry Night" painting... or at least that's what some band members will say. The Cure-influenced, Placebo covering indie rockers landed their opening act gig for the Ettes at Bardot with some old fashioned know how. Here, Astari Nite guitarist Albert Grey talks to the New Times on the band's influences, where they get their inspiration from, and what's in store for Astari Nite.
Kara Starzyk Astari Nite
Astari Nite, opening for the Ettes on Thursday, May 13, show starts at 10:30 p.m. Tickets $10 at the door, ages 21 and up. At Bardot, 34th North Miami Ave., Miami.
New Times: I hear your band name is inspired by Van Gogh. Any other direct influences in your music?
Albert Grey: Depends who you ask in the band, really, but I think everybody just
really liked the name. There are some direct influences right now
especially with our singer Mychael, who is listening to a lot of
Elastica and our bass player R. Furey, who is all about New Young Pony
Club right now.
How'd you land the gig to open for the Ettes?
We noticed they had a Miami date in their tour so we just contacted
their management to see if they were interested in having us play. I
believe they forward our songs to the band and they gave us the green
light. It was just good timing I think.
What are the band's influences?
There's a wide range of influences that range from The Cure, Oasis,
Depeche Mode, New Order to other bands like INXS, U2, and Nine Inch
Nails. I think we all have pretty good taste in music, which comes
across in our songs.
Any other local shows planned in the near future?
Yes, we have a pretty big show with Rebel and People from Venus at
Electric Pickle on June 26, which should be insane. Those two bands are
crazy good, and we're really excited about playing with People from
Venus, which we haven't shared the stage with for some time now. So be
there, I guarantee a great show.