Night Birds
The Other Side Of Darkness


4.5
superb

Review

by Blackbelt54 USER (8 Reviews)
May 26th, 2012 | 27 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Surf’s up! Night Birds come out swinging in their debut album

I’m a huge punk fan, and I’ve always enjoyed the surf punk sound. Living in Darkness is one of my favorite punk albums of the 80s and I love the more surfy songs by the Dead Kennedys. However, it has been hard to find surf punk bands, especially ones that stand out. The Livingbrooks are a great surfy punk band, but they are more on the poppy side, sounding more like the Ramones than the Dead Kennedys. I thought I would never find a band to satisfy my surf punk cravings, until discovering Night Birds.

Night Birds are a band from New Jersey, and one of the many recent punk bands featuring members from the Ergs! They play an aggressive brand of surf-influenced punk rock. If that doesn’t mean anything to you, they’re like a tasty punk sandwich with a heaping pile Adolescents and Agent Orange meat on it, and it’s slathered in some Dead Kennedys sauce. Stupid analogies aside, this band does the whole surf punk thing the right way. Their sound is very distinct, and I can’t name any modern bands that sound a whole lot like them, and the Agent Orange comparisons don’t really do them justice. They take on this 80s California punk sound while still having one of the freshest, most original sounds in all of punk right now.

Their music has a distinct attitude to it, and I can’t think of a better word to describe it than “evil”. The blazing surfy punk riffs, snarling snotty vocals, and pounding drums attack the listener from all angles. The lyrics are dark and paranoid and they sound like something straight out of a sci-fi or horror B-movie, similar to the lyrical style of the Misfits or Agent Orange. The vocalist paints an apocalyptic scene, singing about topics like nuclear warfare. Once you learn to understand the rapid-fire lyrical delivery of the vocalist, you’ll find their lyrics to be quite witty and sarcastic. This album is extremely aggressive and in-your-face, even for a punk album. However, these are some of the catchiest, most fun 13 tracks in all of modern punk. The band manages to be fun and infectious while still sounding pissed off and vicious. They sprint through the tracks without the thought of slowing down. While none of the songs deviate much from the general style, they all are distinct, and the album doesn’t sound repetitive at all. None of the songs break the three-minute mark, but the last track, “Oblivious”, manages to come the closest. Most of the songs clock in under two minutes, which is probably for the better considering the breakneck speed and intensity of this album.

If you like punk, especially surf punk or punk from the 80s, definitely give this a listen. The album is a bit short, and there isn’t much variety, but if you like punk that shouldn’t be a problem. These guys are one of the best emerging punk bands and they have one of the freshest sounds of any band. A lot of current punk bands sound similar with the whole orgcore thing but these guys really do their own thing and they do it well. What are you waiting for? Quit reading this and go listen to some Night Birds!



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Blackbelt54
May 26th 2012


4276 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

review is kinda short but so is this album

pmmets07
May 26th 2012


5900 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nice. very cool review. too bad the first word is a typo and i still don't think editing is working.

Blackbelt54
May 26th 2012


4276 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Crap, is that the only typo you noticed? and haha "FATAL ERROR", sounds scary

Hep Kat
May 26th 2012


15351 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i knew no one would comment on this everyone here sucks

Blackbelt54
May 26th 2012


4276 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

haha yeah I knew what I was getting myself into but I really wanted to review this

Lenix
September 9th 2012


793 Comments


this is a cool band

bungy
September 30th 2012


8843 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Oh awesome I didn't know you reviewed this. Album rules

Blackbelt54
October 1st 2012


4276 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah one of my favorites from last year. Dude I met Mikey Erg recently isn't that awesome

Hep Kat
October 1st 2012


15351 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i talked to mikey erg once when i saw psyched to die and again when i saw house boat last year. he's everything i dream to be as a new jersey punk rocker

i wish i was from new brunswick or south amboy or somewhere mo bettah doe

oh yeah and i'm getting my 2nd nb tat on my birthday (friday)

Blackbelt54
October 1st 2012


4276 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

he was so humble and awkward. i talked to him briefly right before he did a set with OWTH. he said hb will probably never tour, which makes me said. sounds awesome hep, i'm probably gonna do a road trip this summer to go to a festival these guys are supposed to be at, I really want to see them

bungy
December 3rd 2012


8843 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is officially one of my favorite punk albums had to 4.5

bungy
December 3rd 2012


8843 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I JUST WANNA BE OBLIVIOOOOOUUUUSSS

Blackbelt54
December 3rd 2012


4276 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah i don't really keep track of my ratings anymore but this is probably a 4.5 I mean they're probably my favorite current punk band

whats up with this weak 3.5 avg rating, sputnik is dumb sometimes

bungy
December 3rd 2012


8843 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

People suck at enjoying sweet music

Blackbelt54
December 3rd 2012


4276 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ha i raised it

bungy
December 4th 2012


8843 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah I went through last.fm the other day and realized there's albums I listen to like everyday that are 3.5's and 4's and remember I should rate things based on how much I enjoy them instead of how I objectively judge the album because I hate how everyone does that

bungy
December 4th 2012


8843 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hell yeah 3.6 now.


Seriously though, people listen to music critically instead of with intentions of enjoying the music thanks to the ratings system and people trying to be elite. I'm feeling a rant list coming soon

Blackbelt54
December 5th 2012


4276 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah I definitely agree that's why I don't really rate anymore

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
December 30th 2012


23909 Comments


would I like this?

you guys know me well enough

Digging: RATKING - So It Goes

Blackbelt54
December 31st 2012


4276 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah if you like fun catchy punk you'd dig this. Especially if you like agent orange



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