NIGHT FICTION - POLAR
Grey Man Records
it comes to made-up genres, Melodic Post-Hardcore has always struck
me as being particularly straw-clutching. Not as a criticism of
the actual music – but seriously, do we need to keep compartmentalising
music down and down further into niches?
Late Night Fiction have that P-H label attached to them, but less
nit-picking listeners might see this as straight-forward shouty
Emo, and while I’m sure that term – a ridiculous bastradisation
itself – is now soiled to the point that no ambitious act
would want to be labelled thus, in truth I don’t think it
really matters except to the idiots in the music press.
Anyway, this 5 track effort is a decent effort and bound to appeal
to fans of the genre, however we describe it. Opener Black
Watch is an ambitious, multi-levellled slice of stop-start,
crunching, bellowing rock. It’s not necessarily typical
of the album though – the rest of the tracks offer a mix
of the quiet and the furious, with jagged, spiky guitar riffs.
The possible high spot is the instrumental Smashy “Smashy
Beast' Beast (yeah, oh-so-witty titles remain de rigueur
it seems) which is allowed to build with a sense of actual melody
without taking a step left-field. Elsewhere, it feels a little
as though the band are trying a bit too hard to both
fit into and deviate from genre expectations at times, which doesn’t
always work. There’s no doubting that there are a lot of
ideas at work here, but sometimes, less is more. Then again, I’m
not a fifteen year old kid finding this stuff for the first time.
If I was, I’d probably be massively impressed, and that’s
probably what really matters.
In any case, there is enough interesting going on here to suggest
that the band are worth keeping an eye on once they finish developing
their own sound.
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