Post-rock revival anyone? Not necessarily a hackneyed genre if done right and definitely, Oregon’s Holiday Friends have something about them to redeem the potential of the somewhat overused style.
Consisting of singer/guitarist Scott Fagerland, his multi-instrumentalist brother Jon, bassist Zack O’ Connor and drummer Joey Ficken, Holiday Friends have an excellent grasp of the fact that it’s songwriting & arrangements that sets bands apart and not purely the form.
In the two years since their last album Major Magic, the gents have built their own studio in Astoria that they used to record all of Night Terrors, the result of which is evident in the intricacies of the instrumentation and the extent of experimentation the band could afford.
There is a strong reference to bands like The Strokes and Franz Ferdinand in tracks like “Heartbreak Kid”, “Blood Pressure” and “Yellow Light” that emphasises the dance rock aspects of their work but with more introspective songs like “Loaded Gun” and “Young”, Holiday Friends present the softer side of their musical approach.
Taken as a whole, Night Terrors is a welcome addition to the modern rock landscape.
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