The Night Game: Autumn in the U.S.A.
The Basement East
Mon, Nov 12 8:00 pm
When the sun goes down, The Night Game happens. Under the cover of darkness and awash in neon stadium glow, the project first took the field in 2017 led by frontman, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Martin Johnson. A catchy combination of muscular guitars, new wave synths, and big screen-worthy stories seamlessly speaks to the nocturnal nature of their moniker. “The name personifies the emphasis on sports, sex, and the undying quest for the American dream,” explains Johnson. “The lights are on. It’s primetime. There’s an element of danger. It feels like anything can happen in the moment. ” As the story goes, The Night Game first began appearing (fittingly) at secret late night shows around the Los Angeles area. Upon release in March 2017, the debut single “The Outfield”—co-produced by Francois Tetaz—quietly garnered early praise from The Fader, Billboard, and Noisey who unabashedly proclaimed it a “future classic.” Journeyman jack-of-all-trades Dev Hynes directed its cinematic and avant-garde music video, while the song amassed millions of Spotify streams upon its release.