press >scene 11 /01/2006
Tonight’s The Night
Most bands will put themselves through years of relentless
gigging and a handful of half-baked EP’s before dropping
a debut album. Brissie band, The Tonights, have adopted a somewhat
The Tonights have chosen to write and record an entire longplayer
before bothering with the whole make a name for themselves thing.
Some might call this being overly precocious but as Christian
Paul Sargeant (Tonights’ drummer) explains, it’s all part of a grander
scheme for these dreamy popsters. “Just based on our lifestyle
it was the only way to really go about it,” he ruminates.
“Unless you’ve got something tangible, something
permanent down, it just increases the gamble of what you do. We really
wanted to start with something sound just to get us rolling
because we knew that nobody would know us for awhile. But if we’ve
got some good recorded material then we stand a better chance of finding
an audience and hoping that people come to the live shows with some sort
The core members of The Tonights are about as close-knit as they
come. Vocalist/keyboardist/bassist Eva Fritz is married to drummer/producer
Sargeant and Eva’s brother Henry, has the guitar and bass duties.
With all this ability at arms reach, the DIY approach seemed an
“We’ve been doing all of this ourselves,” says Sargeant, “and
when I say that I mean every single facet of making music and putting
it out there from me talking to you now, to getting the posters done,
the websites done, touching base with radio, filmmakers, press….
“We don’t have management, we don’t have PR-we don’t
have anything at this stage. We’re also married, we have kids and
we work full time, so you can imagine it’s been an absolute saturation
of energy and often for very little return.”
All that expended energy looks finally set to pay off when the
band materialise at The Zoo for their album launch. An expanded
line up including a horn section, vocal backups and percussionist
will congregate for the night as well as support by funk/reggae
collective the Informants. All quite organized and expansive for
an infant outfit.
“It feels really good,” cogitates Sargeant. “I’ve been
knocking around in bands for so many years, mostly bloke bands, and I can tell
you-it takes a woman, mate! It takes a woman to get it all together and keep
it moving and I feel very lucky at this stage in my life to have found that.”
[SCENE Magazine, Brisbane, Australia 11-01-2006]