REVIEW – NIGHTMEN
Nightmen – Can’t Avoid Success (Lovely Records)
Genre – Garage rock
Formed in Malmo, Sweden in 2014, Nightlife arrive with album number two, and a reputation as one of the most exciting rock bands to come out of their home country following the release of a highly acclaimed EP in 2015, and a 2016 full length.
Can’t Avoid Success saw the band mix up their recording process, as they entered the sensible AGM studios to record with Joakim Lindberg. With the rural countryside as a backdrop a softer album with even more powerful pop sensibility was made. However the attitude is very much intact and the leather jackets are still the order of the day.
The four piece waste so time getting started, with the 60s / 70s style garage guitars bursting into action instantly on the album’s opener Over You. Fans will be struck with the raw, sketchy, lo-fi sounds of the guitars, drenched in distortion and served up in a blurry bundle of happiness.
Velvet Curtains is pure sixties sunshine – surf rock riffs, oh, oh, oh, oh harmonies and delightfully crafted melodies that are so vibrant and colourful, they will be sure to put a smile on the face of even the most hardened folks society has to offer.
Peace and quiet may have been the order of the day for Nightmen, but Can’t Avoid Success is a farcy from the setting of its creation. Sharp, short and bursting with energy is the general consensus, with each track lasting around two minutes, meaning before you’ve had a chance to take in this brightly coloured trip, you’ve flown past City Fun, Why_(Tonight) and Summer Shakes.
Ahahahah (Oh No) was the first single released from the album, and it’s clear to anyone who has watched the video above that Nightmen have a sense of humour, and the irony imposed through their dress sense is reflected in the lyrics and melodies of the song itself.
Can’t Avoid Success is coming out at the perfect time of year. It’s ironic, sunshine, sixties garage rock / power pop that will make you feel good – this is beers in the garden with your mates music, the kind that everyone loves!
RUSHONROCK RATED – 8/10 A gaudy, vibrant power pop explosion!
Northumbria University Journalism graduate, rock and roll enthusiast and co-editor of RUSHONROCK.com.