Oakland rockers, Night Herons, have absolutely nothing to hide over their latest album release, ‘Relevant Noise’. Kicking off with the first track, “Compromise”, previously locked up emotions and feelings pertaining to being shoved in the wrong direction come to light through lyricism that carries zero restraint over a smooth instrumental rush of old-school Rock. “Fighters & Lovers” is the second track which emits a Bluesy instrumental vibe over lyricism that mimics the metaphorical riches that Pink Floyd brought to light throughout “Another Brick in the Wall” as the reality of flushing your entire life down the toilet and sacrificing your true aspirations for the American Dream are spoken about with force. The third track, “Blurred”, lyrically brews up the feeling that calls to mind the bliss that comes with settling down for a night of reflection to scan through life experiences that have blurred an individual’s vision.
“Wildfires” is the fourth track in which emotional complexity is transmitted through a slow and propulsive instrumental groove that stirs up a unique nuance that subtly speaks of the highs and lows that are tied to indecision. The fifth track, “Sunflowers”, picks up the pace with a hefty blast into intricate guitar work that leads into lyricism that balances and pushes the track into a gentler land that is blooming with bright spring flowers. “Glaciers” is the sixth track which begins with a Classic Rock edge that leads into scratchy vocals that are an innovative force within the chorus. “Feels Like a Breakdown” is the eighth track which is the perfect track for a slow drive home after a long day as Night Herons examine their current experience and do their best to overcome through facing the cold-hard truth.The ninth track, “2×2”, kicks off with a grungy Nirvana aura that leads into dark lyricism highlighting a full-fledged picture of a mind that is experiencing pessimism pertaining to the world around them. “Blue River” is the tenth track which picks up the pace with vintage amps and an alternative creative path that adds variety and progress to the sound of the album.
The eleventh track, “Bad Idea”, carries lyricism that reeks of guilt and shame as Night Herons battle with their own minds and the sweet sting of infatuation and temptation. “Stay Awake” is the twelfth track which lyrically shines a gleam on the larger question of what Night Herons hunger for most in life and how they can give shape to those longings. “10,000 Women” is the fourteenth track which is a genre-bending highlight to the album that carries a Punk edge over simple lyricism speaking of women waiting in line for their chance at making it big rather than taking matters into their own hands. Closing out with “Overload”, Night Herons end with a track lyrically shining light on the lack of commitment from another individual that leads to bittersweet acceptance.
‘Relevant Noise’ is an album that is written with integrity and doesn’t seek to meet any outside approval. If you’re a fan of bands such as Sonic Youth, Pixies, The Breeders and Joy Division, then branch out and check out what Night Herons has to offer on Bandcamp.