The women of NighTraiN were brought together as a concept band for an original stage play production called "Hot Grits." In a process that was projected to take nine months, the women were to learn their assigned instruments, write songs and begin performing in the Seattle underground music scene in preparation for the play. The Band and their music were very well received. Although, very diverse in experience, age and backgrounds, the original women developed a profound friendship and connection in the music and decided to reunite after the stage play ended to form NighTraiN (NtN). "NighTraiN may have spun off from fictive origins (the members first played together in a band invented for, and central to, Dirty Girl Productions' Hot Grits musical), but nowadays the local foursome keep things real as fuck. Trading in swaggering, soulful, punk-inflected rock, NighTraiN have been unapologetically (if somewhat discreetly) wowing crowds since 2008. Part of their appeal undeniably derives from the band's aural homages to their PNW riot grrrl forebears, but thankfully, they own their sound completely, incorporating traces of wide-ranging influences, from synthy post-punk to lo-fi pop, into one charming package." (Hollis Wong-Wear, The Seattle Weekly)
NighTraiN offers a fresh take on the garage, punk, and rock genres, and are constantly discovering their ever changing voice. The fluctuating ages of the group and their individual experiences genuinely affect the outcome of their music. Exposed to different viewpoints, they stick to their own truths; therefore, NighTraiN's music is never stagnant or stuck within one genre due to their non-traditional approach. NighTraiN's sound is a heavy engine hum formed by the blunt bass rhythms of Selena "No Pick" Whitaker-Paquiet. It is a heartbeat held steady by the percussive stylings of Taryn "Hot Legs" Dorsey. It is dark heat strummed from the guitar of Nicole "Jaja Juicy" Peoples and accompanied by the steam whistle wail of Rachael F. "Lead vocalist Rachael Ferguson sings with a gravelly steadiness over NightTrain;s raucous percussion and electric strings, and it's exciting to see riot grrl owned by women of color, inevitably expanding and deepening the potential of punk music to speak on an inclusive (black) feminist discourse in music. And it looks like a good-ass time."(Up & Coming, The Seattle Stranger) NighTraiN is establishing a new realm in music, and it is LOCOMOTIVE PUNK!
NtN has toured prominent clubs in major cities up and down the West Coast and the Pacific Northwest, including Seattle, WA; Boise, ID; Portland, OR; Los Angeles, CA and Las Vegas, NV to name a few. They recently opened for legendary heavyweights, Fishbone, and have shared the bill with amazing, nationally known acts such as Brent Amaker and the Rodeo, Witchburn, Head Like a Kite, Dyme Def, and Seattle bands like The Redwood Plan, The Young Evils, and Tacocat. NtN has participated in Ladyfest Bellingham 2009/2010; Noise for the Needy 2010; Northwest Folklife Festivals 2011 and 2012, and the Georgetown Music Festival 2010 and 2012. NtN produces a music festival in Seattle called "Hoodstock," which celebrated its 5th anniversary in 2012. NtN has received radio play of their album deRAILED on KEXP and Hollow Earth Radio.