Dirt Cult / Mint (2017)
I've been a pretty big fan of Needles//Pins for quite some time. From trying desperately to get their first record label to actually mail me the LP I ordered (I'm pretty sure the band had to intervene on my behalf to finally get me said record) to their newest LP on Mint and Dirt Cult, this is a band I've been all in on. I think I've mentioned before that the record that I first hear about a band tends to be my favorite of theirs. Needles//Pins breaks that mold as Good Night, Tomorrow is their best yet.
While the band still has the sort of embedded Canadian pop energy shared by many of their peers, Needles//Pins takes a bit of a turn with their sound on their latest. It's a little more punk than power pop. Vocally they're really embracing their gruffness, eschewing some of the nasally inclinations of the past. The result is an album that leans sonically closer to early Leatherface than Bum or Steve Adamyk Band.
Another change in the band is the overall tempo of the songs. Things are slowed down a bit on Good Night, Tomorrow to great success. It gives every chord and riff more meaning and it lets everything breathe a bit. While the songs on this album aren't slow by any means, taking thing down just a notch has let the band really find their stride and they churn out hit after hit as a result. It's a pretty great and one of the better records I've heard this year. Worth checking out for sure.
Needles//Pins - Good Night, Tomorrow: