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Night BirdsAt first listen, the band ‘Night Birds’ sounds like something from the early 2000’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, “Mutiny At Muscle Beach”, just released earlier this week and it has a sound that hasn’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 they’ve been heavily processed by a machine and this one sounds like it wasn’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 “Life is Not Amusement for Me”, “In the Red, In the Black”, “Off the Grid”, and “King Kong”. Most of the album has a pretty similar sound and cements the band’s punk-rock sound. There is an interesting detour in the album with the track “Miskatonic Stomp”, 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 band’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.


Tour Dates:

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