Edmonton-based band N.N. are known for their aggressive, garage-punk style of music, but still, hearing vocalist Carmelo Zumbo say he hopes the band members don’t kill each other is a bit unsettling, or at least it would be if he weren’t joking.
“We’ve all been friends for too long to do that,” said Zumbo.
Hopefully, N.N. can resist any violent urges that are bound to come along when spending hours cramped together in a van on the band’s first Canadian tour.
They’re on the road in support of their latest album, Princes, with the first stop of the eastbound leg in Regina at the Exchange on Friday night.
“Every one of us is excited, said Zumbo. “We can’t wait.”
Following N.N.’s Canadian tour, Zumbo said he and the band are looking forward to getting back in the studio to do another album, and they already have a couple new songs written.
“I think after the tour we’re probably going to take a bit of a break, and then go back into the studio and start writing more songs to get another album out there as soon as we can,” said Zumbo.
While this is the band’s first Canadian tour, this isn’t the first tour for the band. After recording their debut EP, N.N. forwent touring North America — opting instead for a ten-hour flight to Tokyo.
“We actually skipped a whole bunch of steps as a Canadian band,” said Zumbo. “We recorded our first songs and EP, and then we took off to Tokyo and did a tour there. It was a whole different experience altogether -— different culture, different language, different everything. We weren’t sure exactly how we were going to be received.”
Despite cultural differences, Zumbo said the band was well received in Japan.
“I think a music fan is a music fan,” said Zumbo, adding however, audiences on either side of the Pacific digest music in different ways.
“With Tokyo, I found the crowd listens more intently to the lyrics and are more focused on that. Here in Canada, (the audience) typically just feels the music, the energy and beat,” he said.
N.N. play the Exchange on July 6, alongside Coyote and Stunning Creatures. Tickets are $8 at the doors, which open at 7:30 p.m.