Night Birds have got to be one of the best bands going right now. I haven’t found anyone who doesn’t like them yet. Their debut LP The Other Side of Darkness and their 7”s get played a lot around here. Now they’re back with some new tunes and a new guitarist. It has to be a bit stressful to come back after replacing a key member of the band. Will the songs change? How about the style? I’m not sure if these things went through the heads of the remaining Night Birds, but I’m happy to say that they needn’t worry about it. New guitarist PJ is up to the task and adds a new element to the songs while distinctly sounding like Night Birds. They cover a wide range of topics on the record (pro wrestler Mick Foley, medication, auto-erotic asphyxiation) and it closes out with the instrumental “Boat Trash.” It is obvious that with time the comparisons that follow the band are fading away and now they just sound like Night Birds. That’s fucking awesome!