Bright Light Fever – The Evening Owl

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Bright Light Fever

The Evening Owl - Stolen Transmission Records

Stolen Transmission Records seems to have just jumped out of nowhere. Suddenly, out of the darkness the label announced numerous releases including The Horrors, Permanent Me and The Oohlas. But one of their first releases before all of them was Bright Light Fever‘s The Evening Owl, a solid release to kick off the career of the promising record label.

The Evening Owl is quite difficult to define, and almost impossible to slap a label onto it as they merge together elements of grunge, rock, punk and even slight country tinges. But Bright Light Fever are able to successfully combine all the elements in such a way that the eleven track album flows nicely and is quite enjoyable, which is quite an impressive feat. The disc opens up simply with Broken Hands, which immediately shows the listener what to expect. It starts with a distant drum beat that remains the backbone for most of the song before the crunchy guitar comes into the play and finally lead singer Evan Anthony Ferro joins in with his distinctive vocal style. It all works together nicely, and you can’t help but picture bands like Murder City Sparrows (Lets Stay In is especially reminiscent of the Edmonton band) andMurder By Death.

Most of the songs are fairly simple, based on a prominent riff that is continually repeated throughout the backbone of the track and more often then not seem to be pretty bare. This sparse sound helps give the tracks a distinctive tone, helping them promote the dark imagery and gloomy feel that the entire album spits off. One listen to Mother Mary Blues and you’ll feel the darker imagery being swept through the speakers.

One of the highlights of the album come from the fact that they are able to move from a high energy, upstroke track like Papa’s Got A Brand New Liver and then move right into the slowest track on the album,Crowded Street In May without losing a single beat. The piano based track shows another side of the normally energetic band, bringing the darker feel right to the forefront before going, once again, into a heavier track with How Much is That Gun.

Bright Light Fever‘s strangely concocted mix of punk, rock and grunge somehow works. It’s not a phenomenal release, but an entertaining one nonetheless. At times the tracks tend to merge together and sound too familiar, but the good does outweigh the bad and The Evening Owl is a solid debut for Stolen Transmission Records