Nap Eyes are an unlikely 'buzz band' - they don't have fancy stage tactics nor are notorious for - anything. They are four Canadians making intelligent music and sometimes, that's enough to get you noticed in today's highly saturated music industry. I'm not certain how I first heard of the Nova Scotian band, but I decided to check out their live set when they came through Portland last summer. Back then, the foursome were just garnering attention from the press.

After performing at this year's SXSW in Austin, Nap Eyes came through Portland again. This time, an Irish singer-songwriter, Cian Nugent (who happens to be a big fan of theirs) joined their route. I had a chance to spend a bit of time with them and discovered that behind their low-key stage presence, they do enjoy reveling.

In May, Nap Eyes will be embarking on their first tour across the Atlantic. Frontman, Nigel Chapman, answered a few questions to get UK/Europe audiences acquainted.

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What dates/things in Europe are you most looking forward to?

Well, really all of them at this point. The UK dates and the Great Escape festival should be really fun. But yeah also all those European cities will be really exciting to see, in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany. A first time for us playing music over there, so we're very excited.

How was your SXSW experience?

It was a lot of fun. Crazy experience to see so many musicians and music fans all in one place. Pretty hectic also, trying to get around to all the different shows in such a short time. Oh yeah and really good Mexican and Tex-Mex food.

Can you give a brief timeline from the birth of Nap Eyes to the present?

We formed in probably winter or early spring of 2011. Started rehearsing and writing songs, recorded our first EP that August. Kept playing local shows and recorded another EP some months later, which we released the following summer. Playing Sappyfest in Sackville NB in August 2012 was our first time playing outside Halifax, and it was fun. We recorded Whine of the Mystic the following March (2013) and went on our first tour to BC that summer. We toured a bit more over the next year and recorded Thought Rock Fish Scale in May 2014. Then a lot of good stuff started to happen when we started working with You've Changed Records and Paradise of Bachelors in early 2015. They reissued Whine and Thought Rock was finally released and now we are touring, getting some positive press and meeting new people, making plans - it is a lot of fun so far, and we are looking forward.

What are the biggest challenges you anticipate in the near future?

One thing is I think we'll need to pace ourselves in order to keep energetic and focused - where obviously it's important to hustle and be out on the road, we've also gotta stay rested and be with our friends and families at home, and also everybody needs space to pursue their other projects. Slow and steady should hopefully mean we can make more records and keep playing together for years to come.

  • Tour Dates: May 2016
  • Thu 12 - Dublin -Whelans
  • Fri 13 - Amsterdam - TBA
  • Sat 14 - Zwolle - Minstrel
  • Sun 15 - Tilburg - Incubate Festival
  • Tue 17 - York - The Crescent
  • Wed 18 - Cardiff - Clwb Ifor Bach
  • Thu 19 - Brighton - Great Escape
  • Fri 20 - Brighton - Great Escape
  • Sat 21 - London - Moth Club
  • Sun 22 - Brussels - Les Nuits Botanique
  • Tue 24 - Leipzig - UT Connewitz
  • Wed 25 - Schorndorf - Manufaktur
  • Thu 26 - Düsseldorf - Kassette
  • Fri 27 - Hamburg - Clubheim
  • Sat 28 - Hellendoorn - Dauwpop
  • Sun 29 - Rotterdam - Roodkapje
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