At first listen, the band ‘Night Birds’ sounds like something from the early 2000â€™s that got lost in archives somewhere. Listen closely and you hear the resemblance to early Blink-182 with a mix of Rage Against the Machine. The New Jersey local band from Fat Wreck Chords is not new to the scene but with their new album, â€œMutiny At Muscle Beachâ€, just released earlier this week and it has a sound that hasnâ€™t been heard in a while.
The entire full-length album sounds very raw almost having a vinyl sound to it, which is refreshing since most track lately sound like theyâ€™ve been heavily processed by a machine and this one sounds like it wasnâ€™t even touched by one. This is mostly because the bank records everything on analog, which means that everything that is recorded has to be perfect. Seeing as the band records all of their stuff on analog still really shows in the pure and raw sound that the entire album emulates. It is something that seems to be so new yet it is just an old practice put into play in an era when automation and altered voice tracks and instrumentals are a norm.
The 12 track album is pretty short in time seeing as every song is on average between 1:30 to 2 minutes max. At first having a ton of short songs seemed like a bad thing since by the time you get into the song it was over. But listening to the album all through you realize that the songs are short and to the point with no funny business in the music but rather a more pure sound with no unnecessary guitar riffs or a repetitive chorus to drag the song out. The album as a whole flows really and is very organized for being 12 tracks.
While the band has a pretty set sound that you can hear through most songs, some stand out tracks were â€œLife is Not Amusement for Meâ€, â€œIn the Red, In the Blackâ€, â€œOff the Gridâ€, and â€œKing Kongâ€. Most of the album has a pretty similar sound and cements the bandâ€™s punk-rock sound. There is an interesting detour in the album with the track â€œMiskatonic Stompâ€, which is a pure instrumental piece with no lyrics and a denser, surf sound that you would picture belongs in a California based beach montage in a movie.
This is the bandâ€™s third album and even though the members have full-time jobs and families, they still make the effort to tour and work as hard as they can for about a year until they go back to the drawing board and come up with another great album. But until them, you can catch them on tour throughout the East Coast and some of the West Coast.
10/02 – Chicago, IL @ Double Door^
10/03 – St. Louis, MO @ Firebird^
10/04 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon^
10/09 – Philly, PA @ First Unitarian Church*
10/10 – Brooklyn, NY @ Williamsburg Hall of Music*
10/11 – Brooklyn, NY @ St Vitus*
10/17 – Warren, NJ @ Warren American Legion w/ Executors
10/24 – Toronto, ON @ Not Dead Yet Fest
10/30 – Gainesville, FL @ The Fest 14
10/31 – Gainesville, FL @ The Fest 14
11/20 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar w/ Ravagers, Advlts, Flying Faders
11/21 – Richmond, VA @ Hardywood Craft Brewery
11/28 – Boston, MA @ Middle East w/ Casanovas in Heat
12/03 – Seattle, WA @ Black Lodge w/ , VHS
12/04 – Vancouver, BC @ Media Club w/ The Jolts
12/05 – Portland, OR @ Black Water
^ = w/ Dillinger Four, The Brokedowns
* = w/ Dillinger Four