Night School - Blush

by Steve Ricciutti Rating:7 Release Date:2016-06-24

Night School is a fascinating niche to me; indie rock with a sixties girl group influence, like Professor Utonium made Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup by accidentally spilling in Chemical Go-Go’s. Opener “These Times” is a perfect example with pitch perfect pop vocals riding a fuzz-soaked guitar crunch. Simple trebly riffs add color and the drums provide steady if unspectacular foundation. In for a penny, in for a pound, because this song is indicative of all that’s ahead.

There is very little to distinguish the ten songs from each other, which made the album melt into a blur of sameness. “City Kiss” is a bit too Shangri-Las for me, harkening back to the soda shops and poodle skirts, but where else are you going to hear such novel music? “Teen Feelings” might be the most ironic song on the album since most of the songs deal with similar “teen feelings,” so that this song’s title might well have been the name of the album instead. “Last Disaster” has some much-needed sludge and “Casanova” pushes the tempo for a nice albeit subtle change of pace.

“Blush” is the first full-length album from this northern California three piece, three gals who are still in college, a reason to dig them that much more. This is an ideal summer listen: infectious songs full of warm sunshine, brilliant rainbows, and some well-placed lightning and thunder. 

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