In The Process: Late Night Habit – Nostalgia, Part I

In The Process - Late Night Habit

One of the most interesting things about about music is the actual making of the music. The give and take, the writing, the scrapping, the re-writing, and the recordings that precede the final recording. This process is normally quite personal to artist(s) themselves, but we’re interested. So, we’ve asked some artists to include us in the process in hopes that they’d share. The first group to participate is Pop Rock two-piece, Late Night Habit.

Some may recall a band called Parade the Day. If you do, you might recognize the names Matt Wolk and Nick Marfing. These two were the former vocalist and guitarist, respectively, of the band. After the disbandment of their band, they set off on their own to start a new project (at first called Clouds & Cities) that would become Late Night Habit, a 90’s pop rock reminiscent powerhouse of melody and summer-sweet lyricism.

Their latest effort is the Nostalgia EP. Despite being just six stunning songs in length, the album had it’s own road to walk in order to get to it’s current state of perfection. To tell us about that journey, Nick has been courteous enough explain. This is part one of a two piece feature that will take you through the making of the entire EP with words and audio. Nick, take it away!

Hello fellow Under the Gunners. I’m Nick Warf and I play guitar in the 90’s rock experience known as Late Night Habit. We’ve partnered up with Under The Gun to bring you an exclusive look into the process of writing Nostalgia.

Hell of a Ride

Studio Version:

When Matt said to me “Warf I wrote a country song” and hit play on the first demo of Hell of a Ride, I patiently waited for the vocals to kick into a tune about cold beers and the old truck. Needless to say I was pleasantly surprised.

Demo One:

We let the jam brew for a few months and the hook came to me in a dream. I woke up in a seedy hotel bed and banged out Demo 2.0 that afternoon on my portable Logic rig. I emailed it to Matt and he sent back the vocal the next day. Hell of a Ride is the first song we tracked for Nostalgia.

Demo Two:


All Your Love

Studio Version:

A tequila binge with an ex-girlfriend catalyzed All Your Love. Matt had the pre-chorus part (“I want all your love, I’m never giving up…) for a while before the song came together.

Demo One:

Its pretty interesting how many of these songs spent months incubating before they came to life. I wrote the chorus hook as an instrumental part but the vocal quickly adopted the hook. With a new structure and direction in mind, we demoed All Your Love 2.0. The demo epitomized the sound we wanted to build the record around.

Demo Two:


Secrets

Studio Version:

Secrets was the last song we wrote for the record. We had a bunch of songs we contemplated recording for song six but nothing felt right. Secrets started with an acoustic part; retrospectively the first demo feels slower than snail mail.

Demo One:

After practically doubling the tempo and re-demoing the tune we were both pretty pumped on it and took the song into the studio a few days after completing the demo. We were pressed for time, and Matt never recorded vocals over the second demo version.

Demo Two:

That’s it for the first half! Check out part 2!

Jacob Tender

Jacob is a freelance writer who calls curbside.audio home. He is also the co-host of the Bantha Fodder podcast and helps UTG with technical and financial nonsense.
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  • Scotty

    Really diggin’ this band. Great work.