NIGHT BIRDS: Roll Credits: CD

Nov 26, 2018

What can I say that hasn’t already been said about the genius of New Jersey horror-surf-punk prodigies Night Birds? There are very few bands I can think of where I am certain that I will not be let down by any of their records. Roll Credits continues right where Mutiny at Muscle Beach left off, if not surpassing it entirely. This may or may not have something to do with the return of founding member Mike Hunchback and his contributions to the writing and performing on this record. It should bear mentioning that as loyal as Night Birds are to their influences, and punk in general, they are even more loyal to their friends, some of which they commissioned to contribute artwork for the album and include Marissa Paternoster (Screaming Females), Nathan Gattis (Tarantüla, Cülo), Paul D’Elia (Rough Kids, Tear It Up), and Chris Shary (Descendents T-shirt artist). As if this album needed any more selling points, the songs “Radium Girls” and “Onward to Obscurity” feature guest vocals by Kate Eldridge (Big Eyes) and Jerry A. (fuckin’ Poison Idea. Are you fucking kidding me?) respectively. I am not exaggerating when I say that “My Dad Is the BTK” is a song that kids will be covering in their garages and basements twenty years from now. Yo, who wants to give me the Night Birds dagger tattoo? I’m on board for life. –Juan Espinosa (Fat)


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