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"Huge and relentlessly propulsive rock from start to finish."
—Ben Raynor, Toronto Star
NIGHTMARE AIR is a rock band from Los Angeles, California, fronted by the dynastic duo of Dave Dupuis (guitar, vocals) and Swaan Miller (bass, vocals).
As Nightmare Air, Dupuis, a veteran of L.A. shoegazers Film School (Beggars Banquet) and Miller, whose stark early-2000s acoustic album on Important Records melted hearts and faces everywhere, meticulously layer boy-girl harmonies, psych noise loops, fuzz-ripped bass and howling rock power into a fresh, upbeat sound all their own. With Detroit-raised heavy hitter Jimmy Lucido on drums, Nightmare Air put on a live show that's earned them heaps of praise at home — "possibly L.A.'s loudest band" (Scott McDonald, Surfing on Steam) — and across the pond — "awesomely epic layered sounds" (ArtRocker magazine, U.K.).
In their many combined years of touring, these road veterans have supported heavyweights from Smashing Pumpkins to The Jesus and Mary Chain, Swervedriver to TV on the Radio. In 2010, Nightmare Air toured North America on the heels of their debut EP — headlining four nights of Toronto’s Canadian Music Week, earning spins on the BBC and holding Top 10 status on college and indie radio. Recently, Nightmare Air opened for Sonic Youth legend Lee Ranaldo in their hometown.
Nightmare Air have just completed their debut studio full-length, which was mixed by Dave Schiffman (Nine Inch Nails, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Mars Volta) with mastering by Howie Weinberg (Nirvana, Sonic Youth, The White Stripes). The album, still untitled and as-yet-unreleased, has already gotten its first kick of momentum — landing the track "Escape" on Under the Radar's spring sampler CD.