Wednesday, July 05, 2017
New album from Needles//Pins!
Listening to Good Night, Tomorrow, one would have little trouble picking up on influences that have been identified as significant to this release. There's palpable Replacements worship coursing through "Violet" and "Back To The Bright", while "Miracle" could probably not exist in a world previously uninhabited by Jawbreaker. But I appreciate how seamlessly any new elements are worked into Needles//Pins' well-defined musical identity. This album represents a logical progression for the band, offering an appealing mix of fist-pumping anthems ("Good Night", "All The Same"), emotionally intense slow-burners ("Boil", "Tomorrow"), and impassioned punky pop sing-alongs ("Untitled [You're Fine]"). And then there's a song like "Pressure Points", which doesn't really sound like anything the band has done before (imagine, if you will, Leatherface meets The Smiths!). Adam's singing style is also considerably different on this album. His voice sounds way gruffer without even a hint of his previous nasal inflections. This rawer, weightier vocal style really fits the songs perfectly. With its running themes of insomnia, boredom, incessant rain, and the spiritual toll of making one's way in a large Pacific Northwestern city, this is by far the most "serious" Needles//Pins album yet. But that's a mood that the band wears remarkably well. Get Good Night, Tomorrow from Mint Records in Canada and Dirt Cult Records in the U.S.!