"You're like a crow," Sam Stewart says to his brother Django. "A magpie!"
Sam and Django, along with Scotty Henson, Claire Acey and Spike Phillips make up Nightmare & the Cat, a new act just signed to Capitol Records. The group played to a full crowd at the Echo this month and, per usual with his on-stage presence, Django was sporting an amazing sparkly shirt.
The brothers from London have been involved in other music enterprises before landing on the idea of writing together as Nightmare & the Cat, which Django describes as the "best project" he's ever been involved in.
"He [Sam] can do all the things that I can't do, like record really well and play guitar really well," says Django. "So that was kind of a no-brainer … and the songs were just really fulfilling."
For a sibling collaborative, though, Sam and Django insist that there's not much competitiveness. However, a friendly shove from Sam during their set says otherwise.
"I don't know why he's doing that sh*t," says Django. "I guess we do kind of egg each other on a little bit, though."
The band pulls from a range of influences, from Pixies, to Blur, to Nina Simone, and delivers melodies that often turn on a dime.
Concertgoers at the Echo were treated to a high-energy performance that included some new tracks from their EP Simple, released today. The set finished with the anthem "Alvarado," which also concludes the record. But it's the title track, "Simple," that best defines the group.
"The song 'Simple' is about things being really complicated … a bit of an inside joke," says Django.
"Yeah, I suppose so," says Sam. "And I guess the song itself is a pretty good representation of the album as a whole because it goes really quiet, really loud, really melodic. This and that, you know?"
Currently, Nightmare & the Cat are on tour with Bastille and are prepping for the release of their full-length album. You can find them on Twitter, Facebook, or check tour dates on their official website. Their EP, Simple, is available now on iTunes.