Riff heavy and drum driven, The Nightmare Police’s anthemic pop punk sound is nothing short of infectious. The lineup consists of Ian Washington with vocals and guitar, Joe Berti on bass and Jesus Arancibia who plays drums. Since the October 2015 release of the bands 6 song EP “If Only I Could…” the trio continues to play show after show in and around Long Island as well as numerous tour dates up and down the East Coast. If you need a reason to get out, this band should be it. Until then, be sure to check them out on The Nightmare Police.com, Bandcamp, ReverbNation, Twitter and Facebook.
This week I had the opportunity to connect with Jesus Arancibia, where we spoke about The Nightmare Police, drumming and going from audition to touring in 2 weeks or less.
Michael Cannavaro: How did you land the spot in The Nightmare Police?
Jesus Arancibia: The band released their EP “If Only I Could…” which Chad Smith from Oogee Wawa played drums on. From that point there were some previous guys, but the band was basically trying out drummers. Around that same time I was recovering from an injury (a ruptured achilles tendon) and was playing in another band. I wanted to play more though. I was looking for a band that was interested in getting out and touring. I reached out to Ian [Washington] and asked if they knew anyone looking for a drummer. Surprisingly, he told me they were, so that night I went to see them perform live. A couple days later after learning as much as I could, I auditioned and was in the band. It happened pretty fast.
MC: How did you know Ian?
JA: I knew Ian from playing shows together on Long Island. We met while I was performing with The Artifact. Having known him, things meshed pretty easy when joining The Nightmare Police.
MC: You said you were looking for a “side project.” Would you still consider The Nightmare Police a side project?
JA: No. The Nightmare Police is definitely a full time band for me. I’m learning a lot. The chemistry is awesome, we’re writing new material and enjoying each others company. During the day I am a tattoo artist, so I have some flexibility with work and can set my own schedule. It enables me to devote a considerable amount of time to the band. I was looking to play more and here I have that opportunity.
MC: How do you approach playing The Nightmare Police material recorded by the previous drummer? How much do you emulate vs. how much do you originate?
JA: We have completely different styles. I have more of a street punk band drummer influence. I typically play with a lot energy and anger. I play the tracks how they were recorded for the most part, but with a lot more energy and emotion.
MC: When you joined the band, how much time did you have to ramp up and learn all the material?
JA: We actually had a show about a week after I joined. Three days after that show we had a mini 4 day tour which included Rhode Island, Boston, Queens and a show at home on Long Island.
MC: The Nightmare Police were out on the road for much of the month of March. Can you tell me a little bit about it?
JA: Sure. We did 15 shows in all. Eleven straight. For me, it was the most I’ve ever played consecutively. Before that, I never played more than 3 in a row with any other band. It was the first tour for me too. Going from state to state meeting new people was different and a lot of fun. I can’t wait for June when we go out again. I really enjoyed it. You’re a different person.
MC: How were some of the bands you played with? Did any bands stand out to you? Were the shows and venues what you expected?
JA: I went with a very open mind. This was all new to me. Some bands I was definitely impressed with in terms of drumming. Being a drummer that’s mostly what you watch and stare at. Some bands I thought, wow, this is very cool. And other bands were ok too. They were young, you could see potential which is cool. I’m 27 now and I could see a bit of myself in some of the younger drummers. We did the whole tour with a band from San Francisco California named Worth Taken. I personally love them and loved playing with them. They are very talented. I’d even say they put a spark under me. Everyone was great, the drummer Chase, and everyone in the band. Awesome.
MC: You have had a busy schedule of shows. How does the band get gigs? Are you working with any management?
JA: Most of the gigs are through the efforts of Ian. He books most of them. Ian has a company called Burnin Orchid where he also focuses on booking other bands to expand the local Long Island music scene.
MC: Tell me a little bit about your drumming background?
JA: I was born in Chile, [Santiago] South America and came to this country when I was 8 or 9. I grew up with a completely different music background. It was all Spanish music. By 7th grade though, I knew I wanted to play drums. I joined the marching band and met people who played other instruments. Music started to open up. I got my first drum set and I was able to play with other people. As our talent improved, we learned some cover tunes. Blink 182 and Travis Parker was a HUGE influence for me. At the time all our friends seemed to have bands as well and we all kept playing together. At about 15, we had a band called The Frantics. We played music as fast as we could all day. It was a lifestyle.
MC: You said you’ve been playing since 7th grade. Have you studied privately or taken lessons at any point?
JA: For a long time I just played on my own. However, about a year or so ago I did start taking some lessons. Some people I studied with were… Chris Tibaldi, who is a phenomenal drummer. I had a couple lessons with Dan Bourke from Stray From The Path. Chris Guglielmo from Bayside. Chris recorded my old band and produced it. Having input from him has been invaluable. Dan Lomeli from Incendiary. I got to pick his brain. It was awesome. I jump around. Any drummer I can possible talk to or get insight from. Having relationships with many drummers is beneficial. It expands your creativity. It expands your palette/your vocabulary. I also do a lot of rudiments – my brain is non-stop.
MC: Do you remember your first drum kit?
JA: Yes. It was a Groove Percussion kit. Red. It also had terrible cymbals and terrible hardware. I didn’t know anything back then. I played this one beat non stop. Then for Christmas I got a Pearl Export. It was my first real drum kit. My parents got me a small package of A Custom Projection cymbals.
MC: What is your goto ride cymbal?
JA: I have the attention span of a 2 year old. I had a Sabian Omni. I loved it at first, then I grew to hate it. I traded it in for a Meinl. I used that for a while. It was so heavy and pingy. I wound up hating that as well. I am currently using a Sabian 20” AAX which I like. You can ride it and it has a nice crash. The bell also sounds good. I really want a 21” Zildjian A Sweet ride. I don’t know why, but I am dying to get one.
MC: What are your drumming and musical goals? Where do you see your future?
JA: Drumming is my passion and it’s my dream to play music. I would love to make a living at it. Drumming is in my head 24/7 and it is a lifestyle for me. It truly makes me happy. So why not?
I’m currently using a used Dios series ddrum, bass 22×20, rack 10×10 I think (wish it was bigger), floor tom 14×16. A 20” AAX Stage Ride, 20 in Zildjian A medium thin crash on my right, a Paiste fast crash, and Masters Sound A Custom projection Hi Hats. It’s a mess right now, but over time I will make everything more uniformed. I plan on only using Zildjian soon. I use VicFirth 5A extreme now, thanks to Chase from Worth Taken. I also prefer Remo heads. Hardware is mainly DW except the Hi-Hat and Kick pedal, both are Tama Iron Cobra. My snare is a Gretsch Signature Schulman 6×13.