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Who’s Playing NXNE: Goodnight, Sunrise

Toronto band plans to end NXNE with musical equivalent of a cake cannon.

Forget compasses, GPS, or helpful Sherpas. From June 11–17, Torontoist is here to be your guide to everything NXNE.

Photo courtesy of the artists.

Goodnight, Sunrise
Rancho Relaxo (300 College Street)
June 17, 10 p.m.
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Sure, by this point you may feel like you’ve had your fill of rock ‘n’ roll, but Goodnight, Sunrise are just getting started. It’s somehow fitting that a group that knows how to embrace the pageantry of a good show (see below) are slated to play on the festival’s closing night. Their EP, Fragments, has been earning them some worthy accolades. We chatted with lead vocalists David Kochberg and Vanessa Vakharia to learn more about grand ambitions for the future.

Torontoist: What can we expect from your show at NXNE?

David Kochberg: It will be kind of like the big bang, but with more time travel.

Vanessa Vakharia: Imagine a cannon filled with cake. That, in music form.

What has been your favourite moment from one of your shows so far?

VV: Definitely the mini-rave we started at the El Mocambo last month. Seriously, 100 glowsticks. That happened.

DK: It was pretty cool when we played the ACC last fall and covered “Rockin’ in the Free World” and Neil Young came on stage to jam with us.

Who are some of your musical influences?

DK: The Who, Wolfmother, The Beatles, Danko Jones, Blue Man Group, the yodelers from the Ricola commercial, Heart, The Decemberists, David Lee Roth’s pants, the vibration of boron atoms, U2, The Darkness…

VV: Are my musical influences the same as what influences me musically?

DK: Yes.

VV: Okay. Jogging, insomnia, Britney Spears’ outfit changes, Amy Winehouse’s hair, oceans, the Run Lola Run soundtrack, and the bittersweet taste of unrequited love.

How did the band come together?

DK: A mystic warrior shaman sent me on a vision quest and allowed me to bring three people with me. I chose V for her math skills, [drummer] Paul [Weaver] for his knowledge of obscure ’80s film references, and Chowder [bassist Andrew Charters] because he was in Glueleg.

VV: David and I played in a previous band together called The Big Deal. We found Paul on Craigslist (romantic!), and we found Chowder because he was in Glueleg.

Do you prefer playing larger rooms or more intimate spaces?

VV: Size doesn’t matter. That’s what she said. Wait…wha…shit.

What are your upcoming musical plans?

DK: We are going to record a full album at the end of the summer, which will win a Juno, Grammy, Tony, Pulitzer, and/or one of those participant ribbons you get at summer camp.

VV: Opening for Metric, and subsequently, world music domination.

What shows are you looking forward to at NXNE?

Vanessa: To me, NXNE isn’t about planning—it’s hopping on a bike, meeting other music lovers, and learning about new bands you’ve never heard of. It’s the random musical chaos that defines my NXNE experience every year. I have yet to be disappointed.

David: It’s been too long since I’ve seen Hollerado. Same goes for Parlovr. But I think the sleeper set will be the Spice Girls Tribute. Friendship never ends! This is defined by the formula {friendship = 4eva}.

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