NIGHT COURT: Nervous Birds Too: CS

Sep 22, 2022

A lot of this reminds me of late-’80s pop punk—the pre-Green Day stuff, where bands weren’t following a blueprint so much as a trail of breadcrumbs left by disparate sources, and were therefore essentially making it up as they went along. Other aspects of it remind me of a low-budget version of power poppy English bands of about forty years ago, like the Keys or the Jags, but those bands put out really polished, major labelly sounding records, and this trio sounds considerably more home-brewed, so that’s not really a fair comparison. Night Court also have mixed gender harmonies going on in places, which really was not the menu in the ill-defined milieu of late-’80s pop punk, so what the hell do I know? Still other parts of it seem to lean towards a mildly post-punk sound, similar to what the Midnite Snaxxx were doing last time I checked. There’s sort of a melancholy vibe that pervades these songs so I hope these birds are getting ample worms and sunlight. No one wants to be around a depressed magpie! BEST SONG: “Sticks R Trees.” BEST SONG TITLE: “Kill the Poor,” for the sheer ridiculous audacity of it all. FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: I’ve never seen a cassette in a clear housing with chartreuse printing before. Or is that “safety yellow” now?–Rev. Nørb (Snappy Little Numbers / Debt Offensive)