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Reminiscent of early Black Sabbath, the heavy rock influence is certainly not lost here, yet the material is more esoteric than most rock.

 

 

  

 Formed in late 2011, Birds of Night’s first album, Snaps, was a more ’60s-inspired effort. While becoming a fixture in the Denton/Dallas/Ft. Worth music scene, they then released their second album, We’re a Family Now. The band has toured with such acts as Diarrhea Planet, Thee Oh Sees, and Futurebirds. After losing a guitar player and a drummer, the band enlisted the talents of Jon Aisner on drums and Alex Adams on the six-string. Into the studio they went, creating their darkest work to date.

Produced by Midlake drummer McKenzie Smith, the album is melodic, and though the music is riff-based, one could not call it metal. Traditional labels are not readily applied here. Reminiscent of early Black Sabbath, the heavy rock influence is certainly not lost here, yet the material is more esoteric than most rock. The production is left somewhat raw, allowing room for freedom within the tracks. Vocally, shades of post-punk and early new-wave styles flow through Andrew Rothlisberger’s voice.

The album runs the gamut from a dark, heavy sound, to a straight-out rock and roll feel. However, the band does not lose its own identity when mixing the genres. Tracks like “Big Shot” show the band’s lighter side, while “Dark” is just as the title states. The heavy riff of “Desert Reflections” brings early blues-based Fleetwood Mac to mind, while draping it in noir.

This album will have a wide appeal among rock/alternative music fans. Eclectic and memorable, this album slowly grabs you, perhaps not on your first listen, but something about it makes one go back and reinvestigate. Once you do, the ride is quite fine. C+ | Marc J. Farr

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