Ha! Somebody just stepped out of their garage and started rocking away! In a ’70s to ’80s style of Punk Rock, Pop Rock, and plain rock ‘n’ roll that will just take you on a ride. And no, they don’t even reach us out of the US of A.
We talk about the Swedish band Nightmen and their second blurb Fifteen Minutes of Pain, released in April 2016.
And true to one of their stated main influences, the Ramones are very (and I mean very) discernible in those 28 minutes of pain. A very few minutes that cover a whopping 12 tracks. Something that other bands would need more than one hour to achieve. And indeed, the band crammed a lot of variety into this very short period of time. However, some of that stuff ventures way too much out onto poppy ground – and ’tis not to their advantage.
That said, their seemingly simple songs are nothing of the sort. Whilst still a tad repetitive by design and style, the tracks on Fifteen Minutes of Pain are generally well-crafted and straight to the point. Their raunchy, juicy, and scratchy sound has this tendency to kidnap your attention away from other things and make you listen to the whole record.
I particularly like the fact that Nightmen boast three vocalists out of a band of four. And that is not too often found in the music industry. And it for sure keeps things interesting throughout the record. Now, Christine Björk really wins the prize in this contest. Just check out Baby on The Run or Beach Party.
And what is this record doing on a blog that basically deals in Metal and Hard Rock? Well, it is here because they are good. And they boast a delicious mix of simple rock ‘n’ roll with a bit of punk mixed in. As simple as that. Just check it out.
Ed’s note: Fancy something punkier? Try Infected Syren.