With the twang of the country and the grit of the garage, The Goodnight Loving bounces their way along with a new record dubbed The Goodnight Loving Supper Club. If that sounds delicious, I’ll attest to the fact that it is. The country sensibilities bode well for The Goodnight Loving, making their style of garage rock unique and fresh in a genre packed not only with greats, but with consistency that spans bands. It makes their debut album a bit more original, a bit friendlier to some of the classics, and a hell of a lot of fun.
The Goodnight Loving Supper Club is an ambitious album, packed with raw energy. Songs seem to blur together at warp speed, pushing forward with hyperactive percussion and bass. Yet amidst this chaos the melody remains relaxed, and the vocals clearly defined. Insert inevitable surf rock reference here. Thankfully, on occasion, as in “Summer Dream”, they slow things down. Otherwise just listening to the album will work up a sweat and get you plenty winded. But like all physical activity, it’s addicting.
“Doesn’t Shake Me” has the playfulness of 50s pop, and “The Pan” has a powerful guitar riff backed by a rhythm section that challenges the speed of sound. The Goodnight Loving Supper Club is a bit wild, but in a good way. After a handful of EPs, The Goodnight Loving delivers fully with an album jam-packed with 15 songs. This album has plenty of attitude, making it a sure winner for fans of rock, country, and garage alike.
Download: “Doesn’t Shake Me” by The Goodnight Loving
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Download: “The Pan” by The Goodnight Loving
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Dirtnap Records [CD, 2010]
1. Ain’t It Weird
2. The Pan
4. It’s A Long Way In A Bad Way
5. Candy Store
6. Summer Dream
7. Bike + Stick
8. Deep Black Pool
9. Doesn’t Shake Me
10. Into A Grape
11. Addicted To Debt
13. Ramble Jamble
14. Grandpa Died
15. Land Of Sky Blue Waters