There are many great bands who are a part of Sumerian Records, such The Dillinger Escape Plan, Stray From The Path and Periphery. Another band to add to that list is Night Riots, a five-piece rock band from California who joined the Sumerian family in 2014. Their fusion of power pop and alternative rock has built them a loyal fan base and if you listen to their latest album ‘Love Gloom’ you will soon find out why that is.
‘Love Gloom’ begins in the same way that many albums do; a standard introduction track which lasts for a minute. The instrumental track does not give a lot away, building the anticipation of the listener. The only hints that we get about the theme of the album is that is going to be dark, gritty and fully of gloomy sounds.
One song in particular that stands out from the album is ‘Nothing Personal’. The track begins with a pleasant and almost romantic-sounding guitar intro; however, the song soon descends into a hard-hitting electronic rock anthem. Night Riots are constantly being compared to classic electronic bands such as Depeche Mode and The Cure, but it is hard to deny that their sound has a 80s twinge to it. Despite their obvious influences, Night Riots have been able to make something that sounds unique and almost indescribable; think ‘gloomy-gothic-emo-electronic-rock’ fusion and you are part of the way there.
If you are a fan of ‘Pop Goes Punk’ style songs then ‘Work It’ is definitely up your street. The love-stricken lyrics and electronic beats are almost reminiscent of the rap and hip-hop genres. No matter how many different styles Night Riots combine together there is always a melancholy vibe to their sound, which may seem odd but it fits their aesthetic well.
People often complain about the music industry and how there are too many bands that sound the same. If you want to listen to something which is a bit different then you should definitely check out Night Riots, you will not regret it.
Night Riots have created a captivating album which is full of gloomy riffs, powerful vocals and ridiculously catchy songs.