I’ve been listening to a lot of music the exudes existential dread lately. Radiohead and Mogwai to name a few. I’ve been in that mood lately but also needed some levity. The answer came in a lemonade infused with some vodka and the new album Night After Night by Bomb Cats.
The band has youthful energy that has been captured by bands like The Who, Cheap Trick and slew of 70’s and 80’s punk bands. I liked the spirit which all at once felt rebellious but not quite dangerous.
The band opens with the title track which could have some comparison to The Ramones. It's a basic three chord riff and thought the lead vocalist has a smidgen of Joey Ramone with his stunted vocal phrasing. It's a great opener that gets the momentum moving. On that note there is breakdown section which reminded me of Pink Floyd of all groups. I think it was the vocal harmonies
The band moves on to “Been There Before” which has more in common with a band like The Cars. It’s a smooth rock song and not steeped in as much punk. That rebellious youthful exuberance may be it's most notable on “Slow Suicide” It also has an extremely anthemic and catchy chorus.
The band continues to bring on unfiltered good times with a “Take It All” which is summer song of 1976 while “Beautiful Girls” is a little more rooted in 90’s alternative. They close with “Keep Rollin'” which surprisingly is almost eight minutes long. The first half of the song has a number of great vocals hooks and the second half is dedicated to rocking out hard with plenty of guitar solos
The Bomb Cats may have not come out with the most original or contemporary sounding music in 2017 but it did feel appropriate. At the very least it reminded me that mixing a rebellious spirit with some fun can be a winning concoction. In a time where a lot of us feel like we are at the precipice of calamity Night After Night provides a much needed sense of levity
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