Finally, with the release of their debut LP Get To You, Melbourne blues rockers The Night Party are making a statement. It’s highly likely that you haven’t heard of The Night Party, but hopefully from reading this article and learning a bit about the dynamic duo, you’ll go to their gigs, buy the CD and soon enough they’ll be on high rotation on your iTunes.
Having dropped a couple of tracks on their website last year, Get To You has received considerable praise from both radio DJs and the Japanese market, after the boys toured there in September last year. Reminiscing fondly about the experience, drummer and vocalist for the group Rick Sands feels extremely positive about 2014 and where the direction of the band is headed.
“Before we headed to Japan, we put together a little six-track sampler for the tour and everyone just lapped it up. Everybody dreams of touring in Japan, and that’s because it’s such an excellent experience. Even the smallest club gig will have a Pearl drum kit, Ampeg bass amp and a Marshall stack. It’s great from a logistics perspective, because you can just plug in and play – if you’re not too fussy that is.
“You finish the gig and can get a mix straight off the desk for two dollars, so we have been really confident that these set of tracks we have are really awesome and kicking for quite some time,” Sands said.
After doing a little research on the duo and listening to the album courtesy of the website, I have to say one of my favourite tracks on the record is the opening number ‘Love in Vain’, of which before bringing it up with Sands I thought was a take on the classic blues standard. The sound on many of the tracks on the album is a heavy mix between an early Rolling Stones record and the later albums of the Black Keys discography.
Recorded with Paul Mayberry (who has most recently worked with King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard and Baptism of Uzi), Get To You is a fresh and innovative look at a blues-rock duo sound in a scene where playing as a two-piece is becoming more and more popular each week.
“Recording with Paul is fantastic because he has great gear and a fantastic studio. There are two of us in the band, but when we hit the studio there is a lot of overdubbing and different parts to make it sound a lot fuller. We have another record’s worth of material ready to go … I think a horn section might sound great on the next release!”
The diversity of the tracks is quite bizarre on first listen – and something that still astounds The Night Party. With the possibility of additional band members jumping on board for the upcoming tour, which sees the band launch the album in Melbourne as well as a gig at the Bridge Hotel, The Night Party are surely going to be in the running for gig of 2014.
“The album sounds a lot like a compilation record. There is doo wop, early ’70’s Stones kinda grooves, lots of different flavours, and I just can’t understand how some people just play one style of music.
“We might add a few different parts to the live show, so see you somewhere out on the trail!”
When&Where: The Bridge, Castlemaine – February 15
Written by Tex Miller