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THE NIGHT PARTY – “Get To You”

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Posted April 24, 2014 by in

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Stripped-bare, uncluttered, and passionate retro sounds from a talented duo capturing the rich tones of less hi-tech times.

by Jaylow
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“Get to You” – The Night Party

The Night Party is a duo consisting of songwriting pair Buck Lexton (Guitar) and Rick Sands (Drums) who play a highly appealing brand of raw, stripped-back 50s-style Rock ‘n’ Roll, and even often capturing the pre-rock Rhythm ‘n’ Blues and Doo Wop sounds of that era. Another reference point that can be heard occasionally is the Garage Rock of the early-to-mid 60s, that bore the brash seeds of punk. Both share vocal duties, and each perform a bit of piano, with Lexton also adding percussion and Sands contributing additional guitar.

The result of these influences is a thoroughly enjoyable sound and a captivating collection of tunes. Their excellent debut album, “Get To You”, is drenched with rich, warm, retro tones – sometimes as cozy as a blanket on a winter’s night, and in other moments exciting and vibrant, with sparse arrangements, crisp instrumentation and clever, authentic production.

“Get To You” is drenched with rich, warm, retro tones – sometimes as cozy as a blanket on a winter’s night…

buck The album kicks off in a mellow fashion with the cruisy “Love in Vain” – a warm, swaying, mid-fifties doo wop / rhythm ‘n’ blues outing, with a vintage effect on the soulful vocals, and lead guitar work reminiscent of “Since I Don’t Have You”, over a laid-back, choppy guitar rhythm. “One Last Say” follows in a similar vein, with another sparse arrangement allowing the instruments plenty of air, and with a Motown feel to the melody, accompanied by a slight latin beat. There’s also that hint of garage rock about the recording that provides a freshness and vitality.

The bouncy “Get To You” is next up, with a rockier feel, aided by hand claps, a choppy riff, and a swaggering, raspy Jaggeresque vocal, and falsetto backing. The early Rolling Stones are certainly another influence that can be heard at various points on the album. Noughties revivalists such as The Hives can also be heard.

An album of real music, packed with heart and passion, that harks back to a more organic and simple time less obsessed with technology…

rickThe next track, “Look Out!” is a dramatic, lurking, Blues workout with a distorted riff and some furious heavy moments a la the White Stripes, with an incessant driving riff and frenzied vocal, including some primal howling. “On Every Street” brings back the mellow 50s Doo-Wop with warm tremolo guitar sounds and a tasty guitar solo over a slight reggae melody. The next cut, “Tetsui Shake”, instrumentally sounds like a rhythm ‘n’ blues record from the mid-fifties by the likes of Bo Diddley, but with shouted punky vocals that fire up a pacey rocker. “Such a Fool” mellows things out again in a cruisy style, with another enjoyable lead break providing the highlight. “Black Is The Night” features the drums right up front, and a pulsating rhythm driving a bluesy, swaggering track.

“Snake Bite”, a driving, menacing, bluesy rocker is next up, before the strolling “Light Of The Day” chills things out again with a smoky late-night feel and an echoey vocal. Then “Walk The Streets” rocks things up once more, driven by a rollicking riff and a punky Ramones-like delivery. The final track, “How It Ends” closes the album off in Doo-wop territory with plenty of echo and a relaxed choppy riff.

 

“Get To You” is a an album of real music, packed with heart and passion, that harks back to a more organic and simple time less obsessed with technology and more focussed on feel and emotion.

For more info on The Night Party check out there website:

http://thenightparty.net/


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  1.  
    Pete S

    Another good find guys – thanks for putting me onto these fellas , I tracked the cd down and have nearly wore the bloody thing out!
    Rockin.





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