David Nail’s “Night’s on Fire” has one of those brain-invading hooks — a descending oh-oh-oh that seems geared for maximum crowd participation.
Fittingly, the song’s video makes the crowd a central component of the action. The recently released clip culls tour footage of Nail, from performing “Night’s on Fire” to the ebb and flow of backstage life. Rather than focusing completely on Nail, however, many of the scenes feature the enthusiastic reactions of his audience members.
“Night’s on Fire” is the lead single from Nail’s forthcoming album Fighter, which — if he has his way — will arrive in the first half of 2016.
“We’re done with the record and going to do the photo shoot in my hometown where I grew up in Missouri,” Nail tells Rolling Stone Country. “As ‘Night’s on Fire’ continues to move we can get more of a ballpark release date. I’m hoping early spring.”
The singer — who is currently expecting twins with his wife Katherine — says Fighter will still bear some of the weightier themes from his previous album, I’m a Fire. While recording that collection, which included the Number One hit “Whatever She’s Got,” Nail was struggling with depression and anxiety. Thankfully, he says, he now feels ready to close that chapter of his life.
“There are several songs that I felt were the closing of the door on certain topics of my life that I’ve sung about on my records,” he notes. “‘Fighter’ being one that kind of closes the door on the battles I’ve had personally and how it affected my relationship. Closing the door on talking about that, being so open about that and when I wrote it, I said to one of the co-writers, ‘I think we’ve finally scratched that itch.'”
According to Nail, “Night’s on Fire” and its depiction of youthful lust may be a good indication of where things are heading thematically for Fighter. Which — he realized a little too late — made for an awkward encounter with his parents.
“I joke and tell people it’s my ‘love-making record,'” he says. “I played it for my parents and I realized that in every song there was references I wasn’t too crazy about them hearing. At 36, you’re not supposed to care so much about what your parents think — especially your work. But I was raised in a conservative fashion where I guess I don’t want my mom to be too embarrassed when she goes to the salon to get her hair done.”