While some bands jump right into their sound from the very first note of the first song, The Do Good Badlies is content with waiting to unveil their style after a minute or so of atmospheric, psychedelic dabbling. After a somewhat lengthy intro on their self-titled album Electric Nights, “Our Night” launches into an upbeat, melodic rock song chock full of electric and acoustic guitars, backup vocal harmony and steady drum beats.
“#FML” and its bright, energetic instrumentation belies the aggressive ranting that the song’s lyrics and singing portray. Settling down slightly, “Nickels and Dimes” features a female vocalist leading a grunge blues groove accompanied by a classic rock organ, giving additional substance to an already thunderous track.
“Goodnight” begins with a highly catchy riff that repeats throughout the tune. Positioned behind screaming guitars and solid vocals is the delicate sound of a glockenspiel, producing a playful, dreamlike effect. As the track progresses, it becomes clear that this song is definitely a major highlight of the album.
There are no major surprises in the next few tracks of the album, but there exists an ever-changing balance between harsh and gentle vocals, a cappella and instrumentation, and loud and quiet portions of songs. “Fear This Change” makes a substantial alteration in style, opting for a slow groove featuring timely silences and harmonica riffing. Listeners can picture the entire band putting their whole selves into the rhythm of this foot stomping song.
The album ends on a slightly wistful note, utilizing minor chords and soniferous sounds in “Bless Your Heart.” The final chord signifies a deep resolution and conclusion to the album with a lengthy fadeout that bespeaks of reflection and a definitive ending simultaneously. Overall, Electric Nights presents a significant amount of catchiness, style and musical aptitude that will certainly carry the band far.
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