For this Special DOC III Edition of Making Meaning, we’re talking with John Roman of Night Vapor!

Catch Night Vapor at Descendants of Crom III on Saturday 9.21.19 at Cattivo! Get tickets here.

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Let’s make some meaning…


Night Vapor plays chaotic, finely composed Noise-Rock. They make their home in Pittsburgh, PA. When John isn’t drumming with Night Vapor, you’ll see him behind the kit for Microwaves or Brown Angel (see Brown Angel headline DOC III on Sunday 9.22)!

Formed in the early 2010’s, Night Vapor has released a single, an EP, and two full-length albums 1,000 Miles of Mud is their latest album, released in 2018 on Corpseflower Records. They’re always playing somewhere, it seems; and they put on an exciting show!

Night Vapor is: Albert C. Hall (vocals), Aaron Myers-Brooks (guitar), Mike Rensland (bass), and John Roman (drums).

Night Vapor
Night Vapor

Keep up-to-date with Night Vapor on FacebookInstagram, and Bandcamp.


Listen to the song “Soft Ceiling” from Night Vapor’s album 1,000 Miles of Mud and learn what meaning John makes:

John Speaks

This one, as most Night Vapor songs usually are, was written by the entire band with everyone coming up with their respective parts. It appears on our 1000 miles Of Mud LP and was recorded at Plus Minus with Jason Jouver turning the knobs and setting up the mics.

“It’s more about how it makes you feel and less about an exact idea…” – John Roman of Night Vapor on their song “Soft Ceiling”

I don’t think that there’s any singular meaning to the lyrics or music of this one except what we or the listener takes away from it. It’s more about how it makes you feel and less about an exact idea, although we still have the ability to play it nearly the same every time.


We talked to John about playing at Descendants of Crom III. The Third Annual Descendants of Crom heavy music festival takes place in Pittsburgh, PA September 20 – 22, 2019.

How do you feel about playing DOC III?

Pretty damn good.

What can the audience expect from your performance?

This will be like the old days before rock and roll ruined good music. It’ll be like that never happened and we get to be the first ones to ruin it before anyone else.

What other bands are you excited to see perform?

I’m still excited to see Captain Beefheart perform, but it looks like that’ll never happen. It keeps me in check.

What else do you want readers to know?

Some bands are in it for the fashion, but we mean it. This isn’t some kind of a ruse or a put-on. This music is a direct byproduct of our ulcerated digestive tracts. Let’s keep things spicy.

Thanks so much to John of Night Vapor for talking with us about their song “Soft Ceiling” and Descendants of Crom III! We hope this adds to your experience of their band, their song, and their performance. Thanks for making meaning with us.

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