Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
Fright Night band was founded at the end of 2005 by its guitarist and songwriter Marianna Lukianova. In October 2006 Fright Night found their lead voice - a singer Alexey Ovsiyenko (Ergil). Marianna started singing back vocals. As for the rest of the lineup it changed pretty often due to high standards demanded from musicians. The crew being gathered the band started playing lives and soon all lyrics language entirely changed into English. In 2010 Alexey decided to dedicate his whole time to studying academic singing and to classical music but he’s the co-author and translator for the lyrics even to this moment. Also he usually performs all male vocals in studio.
The band took part in international gothic festivals "Children Of The Night: The Black Rada V" in Kiev (Ukraine) and “Radio Inferno VII” in Saint-Petersburg. Fright Night performed in many other Russian cities and towns and had luck to be on stage with such bands as To Die For, Das Ich, Theatres Des Vampires, The Last Days Of Jesus.
On 1 February 2010 Jetnoise label released Fright Night's first album "The Play Of Pain". On 22 November 2010 there was an official release of the album on British label Ravenheart music. "The Play Of Pain" received plenty of positive references in Russian and in foreign informal magazines. In spring 2010 Sonic Cathedral label (USA) and Sleaszy Rider label (Greece) started distributing the album.
In November 2011 the band recorded a cover song "Copycat" (originally by Lacrimosa).
In 2012 two more singles were released - "Sister" and "Speak to me". These were recorded together with members of Mea Vita project - Mila Abramova and Marina Tscherba, Marina being also a keyboard player in Fright Night. Russian lyrics and harmony of three female voices put these songs totally apart from the rest.
On 14 May 2014 the second full-scale album "Life Eternal" was released. The CD is distributed by Sound Age Productions. Also the band presented two new videoclips for the songs “Infernity” and “Ice”.
How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?
Although the general style is usually described as moderately heavy gothic metal, some influence from old school gothic rock is quite noticeable and some compositions even imply progressive metal. The musicians prefer to be trail-blazers and not to restrict themselves by any genre limits. The music of Fright Night is based upon the unity of contrasts- deep low male voice and emotional lyric female vocals; melancholic melodies of beauty with the raw aggression of guitar rock.
The bands who influenced our sound are: Lacrimosa, Scream Silence, Dreadful Shadows, Xandria, Flowing Tears. We love German gothic metal most of all.
Why should a metalhead buy your demos/albums?
First of all how many decent products from Russia have you heard of? Quite a few probably. Even fewer actually strive to meet western standards of performance and record quality and are not downright copycats. The artwork on the cover is also superbly done - a real piece of art. We do know our last album is quality material and which we proudly present. We understand that CDs are a thing from the past are no more in great demand but we decided to release the album on a CD nevertheless just as a collectible item. The whole thing is quite a treat for old-school gothic-rock fans. It has insanely arranged compositions lasting up to 7 minutes, a world of melancholy and emotion there, all the stuff a good album requires you're going to get if you buy it.
What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media?
Well, we now have two albums. The first one - The Play of Pain, released in 2010 received positive feedback from abroad but was not generally popular in Russia except for a limited number of old-school goths. We had a good response from both russian and foreign media. Still, Russian public in general doesn't like it much when a russian band sings in english only. It's not even a dislike - more of a bias towards all local releases. On the other hand all the material from the first album was and is still very well accepted by the public when we play it live. Our second album is a great improvement musically and in terms of sound quality. Experience matters you know.
There were also a couple releases on foreign compilations CDs. As far as we know these were OK.
Do you play live as well? How's your live activity so far?
We play live indeed and constantly rehearse the material. But even in Moscow, conditions in live-houses sometimes don't meet our requirements. Not that we have extraordinary demands but some clubs just don't concern themselves much with what kind of sound their audience is going to be listening to nor with what kind of experience will the musicians have playing there. We had quite a busy schedule in years 2010-2012 but then we concentrated on recording more. But in general - we do play live from time to time.
What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?
Well I guess the zines and labels are going to like the idea of a band run by a girl who plays a guitar. Lots of female vocals nowadays, but not many guitarist girls. Not only a guitarist but a composer of all the stuff. Our album is recorded and produced by one of the best russian sound engineers too. And also we pay great attention to the visual part of the project - photos, videos, costumes, etc. Promoters like that.
What plans do you have for the near future as a band?
First of all we compose and rehearse new stuff and do everything we can to hasten the recording of the new album. Also we pay attention to promoting Life Eternal album so that more people know about it. In future we plan to do more videos too.
Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
You may listen to some our tracks at the official site of the band: http://eng.frightnight.ru/
Both of our albums (physical CDs) are available at CDbaby: http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/FrightNight
Also you can buy the digital version of our album at Amazon, iTunes, Google play and many other webstores which sell mp3s.