It’s time to bring the alternative rock vibes back into your lives with a small splash of punk for good measure! Hailing from London, Nightlife are looking to show off more of their catchy and gritty style with the new album ‘Salt & Acid’ set to make a few more waves for the group.
Opening up the record with some bouncy riffs that sound just as big as some Foo Fighters produces, ‘Left Alone’ is a perfect way to kick off the record with something light hearted in its structure and just easing you in. The guitars come through as really crisp and surround the entire sound really strongly and works really well with the drum patterns in ‘Purgatory’ with its concise note hits working together to create something punchy and bouncy. The vocals are a strong showcase of their key and tone, especially when the harmonies come in. They can somewhat feel a bit out of place with the ‘woah-oh-oh’ section, but overall they provide a really nice depth to the track.
With the album being 11 tracks deep, as you delve into the record more you can see small bits of creativity makes its rounds through the veins of the record. Tracks like ‘Dilute’ definitely encompass more of the punk influence in their writing with the guitar/drum writing, whereas the vocals still push the alternative rock sound strong and proud. Another great song on the instrumentation end is ‘Broken Man’, pushing more of that influence stated earlier, there are a few more little nuances flying through the record and make this another enjoyable and jumpy listen.
The album does its best to diversify its product and keep your attention a little bit more. The track ‘Wholesome’ is one of the highlights of the entire record with its switch ups in the song that makes it feel a bit pop punk-esque in elements and having a small resemblance to Decade. Whilst it does keep your attention that small bit, there are bits in the album that feel a bit dragging and after a while of hearing what the band bring, it can feel a bit tedious going through. One song that doesn’t do that is the penultimate song ‘Wake Me When It’s Over’ that gives the album another push up to the stars with its guitar work once again being the forefront of enjoyment for the release.
With alternative rock being a very expanded genre, what Nightlife has done has given you the best of these worlds and create it into something that is pretty enjoyable. Whilst there are moments you feel like skipping forward for, the band hit some strong points and are definitely showing more capabilities with this new release.