This "5 and Dime" interview was conducted with Nocturne singer Lacey Conner via a May 4 phone call and an in-person chat when Nocturne played at B.B. King's in New York City on May 17, 2005.
Lacey, introduce yourself and your bandmates and tell me a little bit about Nocturne.
I'm Lacey Conner, the singer, and the other core member is Chris Telkes. He plays guitar, does the programming, and is one of the core writers. Rotten Rotny is our live bassist. Ben Graves from The Murderdolls is on drums this tour. Nocturne released our first album in 1999. We've been doing a lot of touring with bands like Bile and King Diamond. We're on tour with Pigface now, and we hope to stay out on tour until the end of the year.
Your band's current CD, "Guide To Extinction" was released in April. Tell me about its musical direction, where we can hear it, and where we can buy it.
Nocturne music has been dark from the very beginning. This CD is very heavy and very aggressive, almost metal. It's a cross between metal and industrial. It has a more organic feel than our past albums. For example, we always programmed drums. This time around we used a live drummer. We're influenced by bands like Nine Inch Nails, Ministry, KORN and Rob Zombie. The list goes on and on. It's available at Tower Records, amazon.com, and our website which is www.nocturne.cc People can hear soundclips at our website and at www.myspace.com/nocturne
Nocturne is currently on "The Free For All Tour" with Pigface. That tour started in mid-April and is running through late May. How is the tour going, and what should music fans expect from your band when the tour rolls into their town?
The tour is going pretty good. People are coming out to the shows, buying our merchandise, and showing their support. We've been well-received and we're getting positive feedback. I'm excited! We're having a good time and it's been beneficial to our career. Nocturne puts on a high-energy, aggressive, sexy type of show. We have fog and lights programmed to the music, depending on the venue's size. We try to put on a show for people.
What does Nocturne have in store for its fans in the next 12 months?
Nocturne is ready to do a tour at the end of the summer. It's not 100 percent confirmed yet, but if it pans out, it will be a pretty big tour with Mushroomhead and Dope. We'll be on the road a lot in the next year. We'd like to document a tour and put it out on video. There's no concrete plans, but it's something we'd like to do.
Feel free to promote anything else you'd like that applies to your band.
Our website is www.nocturne.cc and we're at www.myspace.com/nocturne. I'd also like people to keep an open mind. I am an animal rights activist and I'm concerned with human rights and environmental issues. Please go to our website and see what we've got to say about these issues. Nobody has to become Mother Teresa. But if everyone would give a little bit and cared a bit, we could make a positive step. Especially towards issues related to human welfare, animal rights and the environment.
Please share your thoughts on Dimebag Darrell.
A terrible, sad situation. So tragic. He was an influence on so many people. Even though I'm from Dallas, I never met him personally. It's amazing that you could go to a concert where everybody gathers to have a good time, have some laughs and drinks, and then something like that can happen. It's a horrible thing that I wish didn't happen.