This cover reminds me a lot of Secret Of Evermore… anyone? Or am I just nerding out really hard over here…
If there’s one band that have been getting a decent amount of hype these days, it’s Night Birds… and I can’t believe I’ve been sleeping on them for so long, even after I’ve seen them and had them recommended to me countless of times by multiple friends. After listening to The Other Side Of Darkness a few times, I have to ask: what the fuck was I thinking?!
The Other Side Of Darkness is the debut album from these NJ and Brooklyn dudes, who play a surfy/garage punk sound that is incredibly reminiscent of The Dead Kennedys. The songs are catchy, fun, yet uneasy all at the same time. Take opener “Demon Haunted World” for example, which in almost Misfits fashion is a horror themed number. Night Birds aren’t only about campy fun though, as “Paranoid Times” deals with the war on terror and Guantanamo Bay.
If you dig early punk like the Dead Kennedys or The Adolescents, you really can’t go wrong with The Other Side Of Darkness. Night Birds just released a new album this year as well, but I recommend you check out their debut album first.
MP3:Night Birds – Demon Haunted World
More Punk Rock:
Millions Of Dead Cops – Hey Cop…
Dead Kennedys – Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables
Grave Mistake Records
Today we’re bringing you something a little bit different. I’m not the biggest fan of surf music, but I recognize the importance of surf rock as far as it’s influence of punk (after all, The Ramones pretty much took the Beach Boys and made it faster and more distorted). There aren’t many surf punk bands I dig besides Philly’s own Dry Feet, but I recently had a chance to check out Portland’s Guantanamo Baywatch’s Chest Crawl and I have to say, I’m digging it.
These two guys and gal play surf rock done right. Enough to make me feel I’m at the beach, but with enough trashiness and grittiness to remind me to look out for the hypodermic needles and used condoms lying around. Sleazy, treble cranked, and reverb induced, Guantanamo Baywatch’s Chest Crawl is definitely for any fan of the genre. If you dig bands such as Shannon and the Clams or Dry Feet, you’ll want to check this one out.
Yo, is it bad that this album makes me want to watch old seasons of Spongebob?
Guantanamo Baywatch – Boomerenga
Dry Feet – Philadelphia Beach