If ever anything was going to save us from drab Mac Demarco cover bands, I hope to God that its Nightshift. They’re crafting this brilliant blend of post rock and pop music, almost creating this musical seance that hypnotizes as it pushes you forward. It very much begins by offering you this sort of no-wave meets indiepop groove, slinking about with this tribal rhythm and Eothen Stern’s vocals haunting the song like a mysterious ghost. As it moves, guitar lines seem to walk up and down this imaginary staircase, building layer upon layer, blanketing listener in this dense wash of pop sensibility. Plus, they’re not afraid to freakout a little, as you see in the song’s back half…all pointing to a band making up the rules as they go forward. If you want to get “off the grids” then you’ll want to be on board when the band drop Zoe on February 26th via Trouble in Mind.
Glasgow’s always been a hot bed for the shapes that came after punk, and Nightshift is certainly no exception. After releasing their debut earlier this year, the band have signed on to release their follow-up, Zoe, with our favorite Trouble in Mind Records. You’re not going to find the group throwing out dancing rhythm sections or fast paced riffs, and in fact, its the absence of such moments that makes this single so intriguing. The song seems to slither, swirling through your inner ear as Eothen Stearn leads us through this intoxicating seance…occasionally throwing out a slight little pop bone with just a faint melody hanging in the air. If you dig, its out February 26th!