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nightingales

This Britpop influenced indie band features Yardbirds inspired guitars, vintage piano and organ, and a punchy, melodic sound all their own. Original rock songs in a contemporary, fashionable package, from nervous and quirky to solemn and poppy, with a nod to the sounds of 60′s and 70′s NYC.

Formed in Minneapolis in late 2004, the band Nightinghales (sic) is an indie pop/rock band that plays inspired original music. The band is led by the songwriting team of Ben Sommers Bachman, a Wisconsin native, and Michael Paul Lopez, originally of Grand Forks, ND. The two Gen-Y singer/songwriters share lead guitar and vocals, with Sommers Bachman composing and playing piano on a number of songs.

The two formed the original version of Nightinghales after working together in the Minneapolis Britrock band The Idle Hands. Lopez had also been part of another popular Twin Cities band, Faux Jean, known for its similar fashion and musical style. Both members share a common love of bands like the American inspired, British blues bands the Kinks and the Rolling Stones, plus a healthy appetite for the art and style of artists and bands as diverse as the Velvet Underground, John Cale, Alex Chilton, Brian Eno, David Bowie and the New York Dolls.

What Other People Have Been Saying...

“The group is made up of former members of Twin Cities stalwarts Faux Jean and Idle Hands, and they play stripped down guitar- and piano-driven rock. ..with Ben Sommers-Bachman singing lead and sounding quite a bit like Spoon’s Britt Daniel and Michael Paul Lopez’s skilled guitar jamming, with licks that would sound right at home on a Led Zeppelin record.” -Jon Behm/Culturebully.com

“Local quintet Nightinghales take a page from the great English mods and folk-rockers of the 60′s especially the Kinks. Nightinghales have learned their lessons well, with lots of deliciously strummy, breezy pop highlighted by frontman Ben Sommers-Bachman’s arresting falsetto.” -Onion A.V. Club

“The band is notably tight, well-rehearsed and versatile. Nightinghales brings on good times and an authentic Brit Rock experience…re-casting some of the best sounds of the ’70s and ’80s into original rock in a contemporary and fashionable package.” -David De Young, Howwastheshow.com

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