Bight Club fights for Minneapolis

The tenacious twosome release their debut album, “Dreamworld Vs. Minneapolis,” July 24

Bight Club fights for Minneapolis

Tony Libera

Bight Club CD Release Party When: July 24 Where: Kitty Cat Klub Cover: $5 Hip-hop lovers take note: Bight ClubâÄôs stock is on the rise. In just over a year together, the local duo has snatched Vita.mnâÄôs Are You Local? crown, rocked out at SXSW and released âÄúSweat,âÄù an EP that manages to capture all the dynamism of their rowdy live shows. Success like this is hard to come by, and Bight Club is exploiting every cubic inch of it. On July 24, theyâÄôll release their debut LP, âÄúDreamworld Vs. Minneapolis,âÄù a swaying landscape of dance tracks, head-bangers and baby-making music. âÄúDreamworld Vs. Minneapolis,âÄù like the EP that preceded it, is a record hinged on energy and eclecticism. Partners Jeremy âÄúNutzâÄù Nutzman and Tony Rabiola donâÄôt necessarily dwell on the contemporary hip-hop sound, reaching out for R&B grooves, soul melodies, noise music and electronica. Their diverging influences translate to an overarching sound thatâÄôs hard to qualify, and thatâÄôs really the goal. As Nutz croons on âÄúWake Up,âÄù âÄúBecause I wake up, and create a new flavor that yaâÄôll kids never heard.âÄù Their noncompliance with hip-hop norms plays out in the delivery and the songwriting, as well. On the mic, Nutz rhymes in zigzagging fashion âÄî frenetic at times, soulful in bursts âÄî complimenting RabiolaâÄôs multifarious beats with both wild fervor and quiet spoonfuls of sugar. Lyrically, Nutz references everyone from D.B. Cooper to Oliver Twist to Mr. Snuffleupagus. âÄúAnything that I could use to relate to somebody else, IâÄôll use it,âÄù Nutz said, his unaffected charisma carrying through the phone line. âÄúOliver Twist, things like that, thatâÄôs just some base themes, you know what I mean? ThatâÄôs just a kid trying to get some more. [Laughs].âÄù DonâÄôt let the laughter or the Sesame Street nods fool you; Bight Club means business. Anyone whoâÄôs seen their live show âÄî seen Rabiola moving like a Whirling Dervish on ecstasy behind the table âÄî knows that theyâÄôre giving it their all. âÄúMe and Tony methodically go through these songs and make sure our sets bang, and that we donâÄôt stop the energy,âÄù Nutz said. Showtime vigor is something that can easily be lost on a recording, but fans drawn to Bight ClubâÄôs vivacity wonâÄôt be disappointed by the new LP. âÄúDreamworld Vs. MinneapolisâÄù is solid on the production side, bottling the live spirit thatâÄôs earned the pair such high praise. Nutz attributes this feat to Bight ClubâÄôs constantly moving, shark-in-the-water mentality. âÄúWe just made sure that every song on the CD was different. WeâÄôre not making any two beats that have the same bpm, much less groove on it,âÄù he said. With such a broad style and so many early achievements, itâÄôs hard not to wonder where Bight Club will swim next. On the song âÄúMurk Level,âÄù Nutz looks to the future, hoping heâÄôll be âÄúdriving nice whips / By 2012.âÄù When asked where he actually sees himself in two years, Nutz laughs and admits heâÄôs unsure. Still, thereâÄôs a resolve in his voice. âÄúWeâÄôre going to be playing shows, writing music; maybe weâÄôll be doing that with nicer cars and cell phones, but who knows,” he said. “First off, weâÄôre trying to take over Minneapolis, but from there, weâÄôre not trying to stop.âÄù