Night Demon Bio (updated 6/18/2015)
Hailing from the city of Ventura an hour north of Los Angeles, Night Demon is a classic metal trio comprising vocalist/bassist Jarvis Leatherby, guitarist Brent Woodward and drummer Dusty Squire. The band unites the three members’ musical inspirations and influences ranging from old-school metal greats such as Iron Maiden, Metallica, Diamond Head, Angel Witch, Riot and Saxon to punk legends The Misfits. But whilst Night Demon’s music proudly exhibits these roots, it does so in a manner contemporary with modern time, and even in Night Demon’s short tenure as an active band since 2012, this quality has compelled first-time listeners to take notice and has made an indelible impact on them.
Night Demon released their self-titled debut EP in April 2013, consisting of four original compositions on CD and vinyl, and to coincide with their massively extensive Spring 2014 European tour (including appearances at Keep It True and Pounding Metal Fest), they put out an expanded edition of the EP with four additional tracks including three rare, obscure cover tunes Axe Crazy (Jaguar), Lightning To The Nations (Diamond Head) and Radar Love (Golden Earring; live version).
Spring 2014 also saw Night Demon successfully sign a European record deal with SPV/Steamhammer, and was soon followed by a signing with Century Media Records for North America (and the rest of the world excluding Europe). In Fall 2014, Night Demon embarked on an epic journey across North America with British metal legends Raven, and returned home from this 44-show, 9-week, 19000-mile run having established a strong first impression on old-school metalheads throughout the continent, turning Raven fans into Night Demon fanatics overnight. Also in 2014, Night Demon completed work on their debut full-length album ‘Curse Of The Damned’, featuring 11 brand new original tracks, and with its early 2015 worldwide release began the next chapter of the Demon's rapid rise.
In January 2015, Night Demon trekked a four-week winter US tour supporting Skull Fist and Elm Street, and this tour witnessed the debut of the band's new, enhanced live show which has since included their own manually operated lighting display, and the much-heralded on-stage appearance of their chalice-bearing reaper-esque mascot 'Rocky' every night. Audiences nationwide were mind-blown and held captive for life, further expanding the band's fan-base. The end of this tour was marked with a one-off gig opening for Eyehategod in Fresno CA. This added to the band's past high-profile gigs such as the three-show 2013 West Coast run with Diamond Head and Raven, and being personally invited by Glenn Danzig to be part of the Samhain reunion Los Angeles show in 2014.
The 2015 winter US tour was immediately followed by a comprehensive 10-week tour of Europe, wherein they played several excellently attended headline shows, appeared at the Metal Assault festival in Germany and the Very 'Eavy fest in the Netherlands, and played a handful of gigs with Dave Lombardo's Philm. After the completion of this run and a short three-week break at home, Night Demon set foot on a D.I.Y. spring/summer 2015 headline tour of their own through the United States, bringing their richest stage production and longest set lists for the viewing and listening pleasure of their legion of devoted fans.
Besides the unadulterated musicianship and exuberance of their original tunes, Night Demon’s strength lies in their live performance wherein they win new fans every time they take the stage, whether it’s Europe or North America. They have undoubtedly established themselves as seasoned musicians, powerful performers and unrelenting road warriors, and with hundreds of shows already under their belt, Night Demon is primed for endlessly extensive worldwide touring in the immediate and long-term future, and while they carry on with this conquest for global domination, they continue to compose face-melting, spellbinding new material.
Be on the lookout for Night Demon hitting a stage near you, and prepare yourselves to get down to the ritual!