Some Kind of Nightmare are touring machines. For over a decade, they have been on the road more than half the year bringing their positive and angry form of street punk to the smallest corners of the country.
Touring has made their live performance a true sight to see and hear. This album was recorded live at Lou’s LMGA in Orlando in December of 2021, and it’s the first post-Covid show at a venue that DCxPC Live was able to record in front of a full audience. Only 150 were pressed on red vinyl.
The first single relates to the bassist/vocalist’s struggles with breast cancer and her mastectomy. In her words, “The song embodies the struggle of healing from body dysmorphia and the pain after dealing with breast cancer and the scars inside and out from a double mastectomy and chemotherapy.
It’s about trying to learn to accept, embrace, and to be empowered by the scars and continuing to thrive.”
The band shared more of this in a recent interview with Mister Styx of musicarenagh
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What is your stage name
none. Mess is Chy’s last and my married name.
Where do you find inspiration?
Wherever we can. Anything that moves us
Where do you find inspiration?
Molly: I always listened to music as a kid. Always listened to my mom’s records.
What was the role of music in the early years of your life?
Molly: Not too much in general.
Probably Chy. And just the punk scene in general. I was in choir in school
How did you learn to sing/write/to play?
Molly: I would sit on my lunch break in our van and practice the bass and singing. Chy learned how to play at 15. Self-taught
What was the first concert that you ever went to and who did you see perform?
Molly: First concert: my cousin took me to see TLC.
Cry: Mighty Mighty Bosstones
How could you describe your music?
Old, raw punk that embodies overcoming struggle.
Who inspired you to be a part of the music industry?
Any and every way possible to find inspiration. (Listening to music, watching our friends play, dealing with hardships. Lyrics usually come to us when we’re driving and can’t write them down.)
What is your main inspiration?
Our main inspiration is community.
All of us. The music industry and the rejection that ties into can be soul crushing. But we all keep playing and that’s what keeps the world going.
Did your style evolve since the beginning of your career?
I feel our style has evolved since the beginning. We were a 4 piece, then I learned to play bass and continue singing. I feel like we learned how to own our craft and still learning and still growing.
Who do you see as your main competitor?
Our main competitor would be our vans. Hands down. Our vans can be our best friends then turn into our worst enemies.
What are your interests outside of music?
I love art, yoga, exercising, theater, problem solving, learning about skincare, witchy things. Chy loves Magic the Gathering, video games, art, reading, Sci fi, and we both love Dungeons and Dragons.
We both love going to the Renaissance with his parents. We also both love traveling and connecting with people, while learning the history of places we travel. We want to see as much as we can.
If it wasn’t a music career, what would you be doing?
Had we not been able to pursue music, I would have liked to have been a yoga instructor, worked in theater, or skincare. Or work in a floral shop.
Chy would have definitely loved being a game tester.
He also would have liked to have gotten into landscaping. He’s also an amazing artist that has done artwork for bands. But realistically, with our means, we would have taken what we could get, job wise.
What is the biggest problem you have encountered in the journey of music?
The biggest problem we’ve encountered along this journey would probably be learning how to maneuver through struggle with the means we have. For awhile, up until 2019, we had no home.
We lived on the road full time. I also think about when I got really sick, not cold or flu, but scary/mortality sick and we didn’t have health insurance. I actually looked into going to Canada, but I read you have to be in remission for 5 years before you can gain citizenship.
So we were fortunate enough to be in poverty enough to be on medicaid. I realize people have their opinions on this subject, but my survival is more important than their opinions.
Vehicle issues are a constant concern as well.
We make it work, but it’s taken a lot of learning, adapting, patience, strength, and determination.
If you could change one thing in the music industry, what would it be?
There are many things I would like to change about the music industry. They all tie into better support of the artists and giving underground bands a chance.
The industry needs to stop making everything such a competition. That takes away from community. When you turn everything into a cut throat competition, you build egos. Egos destroy community. Destroyed community brings defeat.
Defeat kills the music and the artists that play the music. So many talented bands have quit playing music because they just feel so defeated with the industry. Watching my friends put down their instruments is heartbreaking. Take care of our bands.
And for the love of everything, bring back underground local support for national acts when they come through different cities.
Why did you choose this as the title of this project?
Our name. We wanted the word nightmare in our name because we wanted to be apart of the bands that were bringing rawness back to the scene. This included the idea that we were going to scream about the issues with the system and scream about poverty and mental health.
And a lot of the people in our tiny town wouldn’t like that, so nightmare seemed to fit quite well. We also had some horror-themed lyrics at the time, so it tied it all together.
What are your plans for the coming months?
We’re going to continue to tour, hopefully release a new album that we recorded in 2020, and record another album.
Do you have any artistic collaboration plans
We’re potentially planning a tour with Children of October, where I fill in on bass for them and their drummer fills in on drums for us.
What message would you like to give to your fans?
We love you. We’re grateful for you. Never give up.