Midwestern Dirt is a driven indie rock band whose music falls under a broad spectrum of genres. Their single “Lights & Shapes” has the grit of garage rock and the melodies of post-punk, echoing the work of artists such as The Pixies, Slowdive or Sonic Youth.
The lead vocals are romantic and hazy, almost reminding me of a young Thurston Moore, singing over an upbeat, yet somewhat romantic melody.
What I really like about this single is the fact that there is a huge dynamic contrast between the verses and the choruses: The song takes a step back, allowing the gritty guitars to clean up and the drums to take it a little easier, going for a full and rich sound. On the other hand, the song truly breaks up, bringing a lot of energy to this mix.
The track, taken from the band’s full-length release “Amendments”, is a great example of this group’s sonic formula.
Nightmen started out in late 2014 in Malmö, Sweden. The members are previously known for being part of acts such as Terrible Feelings, Yast and MF/MB/, however Nightmen is something completely different. Combining garage rock-poses and sugary sweet power pop,
In early 2015 the debut-EP ”Girl for You” was released by Rundgång Rekords. The music magazine Gaffa wrote the following,”Charmingly, vibrant garage rock with nods to the pop music of the 60’s”.
In 2016 Nightmen released their first LP,”Fifteen Minutes of Pain”, on Lövely Records. The music blog Hymn wrote:”You can’t be tough in all situations, the softer side of things needs to come forward as well. In the case of Nightmen the punk rock converge with the hook-laden power pop. You just can’t live without melodies”.
In august of 2016 Nightmen recorded their second LP ”Can’t Avoid Success” in AGM-studios together with Joakim Lindberg. With the rural countryside as a backdrop a softer album with even more powerful pop sensibility was made. However the attitude is very much intact and the leather jackets still fit perfectly.
Ahahahah (Oh No) is the first single from Nightmen’s second album ‘Can´t Avoid Success’. Combining garage rock-poses and sugary sweet power pop, Nightmen have made a name for themselves as one of the most interesting new rock bands to come out of Sweden.