[Album of the Week] Nerves Junior - As Bright As Your Night Light
It’s hard to believe that this is the first release from Nerves Junior. The album is expansive, collective and masterful. They have seemed to grasp what every rock band dreams of. Accessible pop soaked lyrics, pushed by heavy guitar and vocals, washed repeatedly with layers of sound that move you forward down the path that is As Bright As Your Night Light.
No two songs on the album sound a like, but some how they all come together to tell a comprehensive story. Much like Miami four piece Young Circles, they take the very basic elements rock (guitar, drums, bass, keys, vox) and push them to their creative limits. Their instruments plugged in and running laps through various lines of distortion equipment coming out as champions of a whole new sound.
"Campagne & Peaches," the first track on this album and coincidentally the first track I had ever heard from this group starts out mellow, washed in layers of perfectly executed sound and on the verge of pure psychedelia. It will hook you on that first layer of distortion effectively placed at the two minute mark. Songs like "As Bright As Your Night Light" and "Nails To Scratch With" are much harder and darker then the opener. "As Bright As Your Night Light" utilizes heavy distorted synth while "Nails To Scratch With" proves that these guys do indeed know their way around an electric guitar. The closer "Kale" comes full circle, bringing the tempo back down and making the listener forget the powerful musical assault they have just been privy to. Ending on a a love ballad can be tricky, but it seems that it is just what you’ll need after the long and exciting adventure
These four band members have seemed to twist, mold and distort all that they have ever learned about music in to a new form and come out the other end with an album that will surely be recognized as the one that set the wheels in motion for one of the most promising groups I’ve stumbled upon in years.
Champagne & Peaches
As Bright As Your Night Light
Nails To Scratch With