Night Mechanic from Portland in the USA is the alt-rock quartet of Andre (Vocals / Drums), Chris (Guitar), Brandon (Bass) and Pat (Guitar / Keys).
Those of you who have been with me these past five years of reviews will know well how I physically threw out a keyboard and the player on a suggestion they may like to join my band back in the ’70s and you will also chuckle, as I do, how thirty odd years later I enjoy the addition of keys, which have swept their way through 2014 across both Europe and the Americas as I pontificate about their new dimensions that they allow rock bands to explore and here we find ourselves with Night Mechanic. However, the effects achieved by keys now, do add a new dimension, not a whirring grind of pretentiousness as it was at the time.
Scour away the soil and you will find an underlay of Americana- blues to which Night Mechanic have added some infectious contemplatives, giving the output scintillating layers of texture. There is a thrusting movement to tracks, which the bass and percussion keep in momentum, whilst the guitars swing between melody, rhythm and chord attack as the synthetics develop a pillar of persuasive inclusions which are allowed to meander in the horizon, yet add a significant perspective. A vocal that sits tangentially to the instrumentation rounds off the over-all delivery that captivates.
A new LP – the nine track Day Surgery is set for release on the 21st, which marks a significant progression from their release of April last year will, with fortune find them in a stronger position next year.
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