An upcoming band emerging from Boston, Night Lights is one act that truly grasps the nuances and spirit of indie rock. Setting off with their debut EP Here We Come, the five-piece outfit displays everything that a true indie rock lover could ask for – catchy bass grooves, funky guitar hooks, and infectious dance-inducing beats.
Genre expectations aside, Here We Come boasts a level of technical proficiency from Night Lights that gives them a certain unique edge, with innovative guitar work and varied rhythm changes. The opening track “Hit The Water” kicks in with mellow beginnings, the kind of subtle alternative rock tune you turn up late in the night, before transcending into an upbeat dance-inducing chorus that’s bound to catch your attention. It then progresses to a short breakdown led by a tasty John Mayer-influenced guitar lick before going back to the top. While some may claim that such a choice may lack in cohesiveness, I believe that it takes a certain degree of confidence to even pull it off, and Night Lights does it perfectly as they ride on those suave intensity switches. All I hear is a band having fun as they jam out to some dance-worthy music, and isn’t that all we can ever ask for?
The indie rock outfit cruises along in a similar vibe of things on tracks “Stutter” and “Teach Me How To Love”, where we find authentic feel-good music just from the energy emanating from the band. We follow them on an intriguing journey as we tune into the former, with the song gradually evolving into various experimental sounds layered upon one another in the signature electro-rock style that Mutemath has been applauded for – funky guitar riffs, swirling echoes, and flashy dynamics all included. On the other hand, “Teach Me How To Love” sparkles with its groovy bass lines and the raw passionate vocals from vocalist Mau Jimenez. The cool spirit of 90’s surf rock is fully accessed here, making it the ideal tune for long drives in the summer.
Night Lights continues with their invigorating brand of indie rock with “Make Me Smile”, which has developed into a personal favorite of mine from the record. The hard-hitting intensities and bombastic choruses are truly refreshing as the guitar accompanies them with a staccato-like delay. The band has definitely got a pleaser with this one, and I can already imagine crowds jumping along to it in gigs.
The title track “Here We Come” is one that remains in a rather laid-back vibe, utilizing atmospheric effects and jumpy bass lines that blend together perfectly. Music aside, the band displays genuine determination and ambition with this number as they declare, “Los Angeles, here we come”, a perfect theme for a debut release with huge dreams waiting ahead of them.
The most appealing aspect of Night Lights isn’t just their catchy hooks or relatable lyrics, but that eclectic sound which makes you want to jump out and dance. With electronic beats and synthetic pads flooding the airwaves today, this is definitely a welcome change. Trust me, you won’t be staying glued to your chair as you listen to this one.