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Bright as Night Records releases an average lo-fi punk/lo-fi pop comp

In part two of my “Oh snap, I haven’t reviewed this?!” find, I have a comp from Bright as Night Records called The Bright Side…/The Night Side… It got sent to me as the same time as Hot Victory‘s Vol. 1, which is why Hot Victory’s “Beach…That’s Too Bad” appears on this comp (side note: that’s not the track’s name on the iTunes page for Vol. 1, but it is the name listed on the press sheet here).

As the title would suggest, the A side is The Bright Side, consisting of pop and upbeat rock tunes. The Night Side (side B) consists of darker punk and hardcore tracks. The whole comp is decidedly lo-fi, which is great for The Bright Side but kinda terrible for the Night Side.

Vanishing Kids contribute the opener, which is really a bridge between the Bright and the Night. “Heathen Heart” is a chaotic, jagged indie-rock nightmare that counts as one of the best tracks here. It’s crazy. Street Pyramids’ “World’s Apart” is another of the Bright Side highlights, as the dreamy, fuzz-heavy track is a great chill-out tune. The female vocals drift in and out, making a great song even better. Enough Static’s buzzing electro-pop “Our Addiction” sounds like German electro-pop fronted by the lead singer of the Arcade Fire. It’s a bit odd, but it’s a good track.

Smithsick‘s woozy “My Last Stand” provides a nice segue as The Night Side kicks off. It’s not as ominous as it wants to be, but it’s a good tune. Right after that is the best track on this side: Tornado Attack‘s “Cowardly Conformist.” The thrashy, snare-heavy punk features growly hardcore vocals and moves at two speeds: fast and faster. The dark, fast, mid-to-lo-fi aggressive punk tune sets the tone for the rest of the songs on the Night Side, although none match up to the quality of Tornado Attack. Omega Weapon’s appropriately-titled “The Dance Song” pulls off dance-punk with a snotty, abrasive attitude. It’s a highlight as well. The rest of the tunes don’t fare as well, suffering from disjointed songwriting to annoying found sounds to just plain weird ideas.

This is a pretty standard comp, with a few excellent tracks, an equal number of throwaways, and the majority in the middle. I would skip the vinyl and just check out Vanishing Kids, Hot Victory, Street Pyramids, and Tornado Attack.

Vanishing Kids-Skies in Your Eyes Bright as Night Records

Vanishing KidsSkies in Your Eyes

Bright as Night Records

Calm, soothing beautiful music that’s not difficult or complex.

This is one of the most relaxing EPs I have ever listened to. The music is very mellow, chill with a nice blend of acoustic instruments, electronic instruments and voices.

The chord progressions within the different instruments are what make this EP. The keys in “Valentine” stumble around the chords then land with an electronic vibe and the acoustic guitar chords in “Blanket of Stars” is top notch gorgeous. These progressions just sit on top of the ambient noise to create this feel of ultimate peace with ones self. Consider this a New Age experience.

The only track that isn’t calm is the opener “This Light” – the EP starts with an electronic buzz and female voice, then just starts to rock out. “This Light” is the least chill of the six tracks, but it stays true to the ambient feel.

The relaxing feel of the EP reminds me of the Cure with some of their songs. “UK” reminds me of “Pictures With You” by the Cure, just in how the introduction sets up the mood and you feel like putting your head down and remaining motionless for years. It works because the tracks are long and have a delicate feel to them. Overall, this is just a nice EP to sit and calm down to for a half hour. Nothing extreme, nothing to understand, just soothing music.

Emily Robinson

fpvm@iup.edu

Vanishing Kids-The Selfish Mirror

vanishingkidsBand Name: Vanishing Kids

Album Name: The Selfish Mirror

Best Element: Liquid melodies that you can get lost in.
Genre: Indie
Website: www.vanishingkids.us

Label Name: Failed Experiment Records

Band E-mail: vanishkj@hotmail.com

The latest album from Vanishing Kids, The Selfish Mirror, touches on many genres of indie music, including post-punk and alternative rock. Not only does this make Vanishing Kids a unique band, but it also gives the album many layers of style.

When I first heard The Selfish Mirror, I was blown away by the vocals. The singer has a very unique voice that compliments the music extremely well. The first track is a mixture of raw indie and trance-like rhythms that hook you into the rest of the album. The band jumps seamlessly between genres throughout the entire album, which makes for a cool and unique sound. There are some songs where a new wave influence can be greatly heard, and in the same song, you can detect a hint of punk. The Selfish Mirror is an all around great album.

It’s not too often that I come across an album that has no real noticeable flaws, but I must admit, this is one. I have no real criticism of The Selfish Mirror other than I would have liked to hear some more technical rhythm patterns. This is a very tight album that deserves a great review, and that is what it gets.

I wish I would have heard of Vanishing Kids earlier because they really rock. I suggest you pick up a copy of their newest album The Selfish Mirror as soon as possible, because the music is just too good to pass up.

-Zack Albrecht

Flathead245@aol.com