Twin brothers Kyle and Myles Mendes discuss their band’s sophomore album
Canadian-born twin brothers Kyle and Myles Mendes make electronic dream-rock under the moniker Nite in Dallas, Texas. There is a decidedly ’80s feel to the duo who have performed alongside Midge Ure, Modern English, Men Without Hats, and A Flock of Seagulls, to name a few. From their style to their fashion to their sound, the band has a presence that might remind one of Tears for Fears – dueling vocals and all.
It’s the rebirth of that sound that is quintessential to the band, making it make all too much sense that their sophomore record is title Reborn. The album is due out July 28th via Cleopatra Records.
ARTISTdirect caught up with Myles Mendes to discuss the new album, find out where the band’s roots began, and learn what is their next step toward reaching their dreams.
Where are you right now?
We are about to rehearse in our rehearsal space for some exciting upcoming shows!
Please name your fellow band members and their roles… oh, and who has the best dance moves?
Myles: Kyle and I have the same roles – only with live performances, Kyle plays bass and I play guitar. We both write, produce, play synths and provide vocals for our music. As far as best dance moves go…. we’re twins and the twin competition can be very real. Here’s an instructional video on how this argument might go down.
Tell us about your new project: Who did you work with? Where was it recorded? What’s it about? Is there candy?
There was a sizable span of time between our first album and our upcoming album, Reborn. After playing hundreds of shows in the U.S. and a few in Canada, we feel there was a huge progression in our sound, performance, and ourselves as people during that span. The album’s concept in our songwriting is a story about evolving and coming to terms with it all, thus being reborn.
The album was recorded in our rehearsal space in the DFW area of Texas. The album was mixed and mastered by Dallas’ own David Castell, who produced albums by Blue October and The Toadies.
No, there wasn’t candy, but a heck of a lot of sweat and great Mexican food. We live in Texas, after all.
How do you describe your music to new friends?
We feel like we would be well placed in a playlist with New Order, Empire of the Sun, and Tears For Fears.
How did you first meet, and where exactly did you become a band?
Since Kyle and I are twins, we knew of each other’s existence probably before we were truly conscious. We’d always wanted to start a band since the age of 4, due to watching never-ending music videos on MTV while jamming out with our plastic guitars. When we moved to Texas, we officiated our dreams by learning to play music and performing all over the state once we became teens.
Other than Nite, what should your hometown be known for?
Other than the food, I’d like people to know that some great acts and creative culture comes out of Dallas. At one point, Neon Indian and St. Vincent lived and performed in this city.
As for Winnipeg, I like to remind myself that Robert Alfons (from the band Trust) grew up there.
Please look around you right now and please describe the first item or person you see that’s significant to you (and that your relationship with it/them). Can we see a photo?
I see a photo of my dog Pacino (named after the actor Al Pacino). Scarface is a family favorite movie.
What first inspired you to pursue music? If it was a musician or a specific piece of music, please tell us all about why you find it so inspirational…
When my brother and I were about 6 years old, we were drawn to a Billy Idol remix cd our parents owned. We were fascinated about the synth work and production; it seemed so very mysterious to us. So naturally, as we learned more about production, we discovered our own musical identity through electronics and live guitars.
What’s the best advice anyone has given you about pursuing a life in music?
This may be hard to believe, but I watched the Twisted Sister documentary on Netflix; the trials and trauma those guys had to go through in order to sustain their life in music, I was able to relate to. The highs are tremendously high and the lows are depressingly low, but music itself is such a gift. The fact that they pressed on to do what they love inspired me to not worry stress about the big things but try and have fun during the process.
Not including your current crew, who (alive or dead) would you love to have in your van for an all day drive from gig to gig?
We had the opportunity to perform a few dates with the legendary Midge Ure from Ultravox. He seemed so wise and genuine that I think he would be a great guy to have around to listen to his stories and keep the anxiety levels down before the shows.
What song best sums up your life right now?
“Cruisin” by Jimmy Whoo
What is the best reaction to your music you have experienced so far?
There’s a moment during the bridge in our song “Dreamer” where I like to introduce my brother while he slams out a very Peter Hook-like aggressive bass riff. I love it when the audience joins us in rocking-out, and if the staging allows for it, we get right in the middle of the crowd.
Take a moment to dream – Where do hope to be a year from now?
We hope to be on tour in Europe!
What’s your next step towards that dream?
We will continue to make music and play shows while building our audience one fan at a time.
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