To me, this record kind of represents my failure in keeping up with Japanese punk rock over the last few years. I had gotten the first Browntrout album, Stepping With Fuzzy Ideas, right when it came out (though that didn't stop me from mistakenly ordering a 2nd copy of it recently - don't worry, I found it a good home). Then, I never really heard anything more from Browntrout. Apparently I missed the fact that they put out a single or two and an entire full length album. On vinyl no less.
Happily, I'm correcting my ignorance and filling in some holes on incredible records that I missed out on. Long Good-Night absolutely fits the bill when I say incredible. This is a band that has a knack for packing tons of energy into each song. The vocals remind me a lot of the band Blew (although I hear just a bit of early Husking Bee in there too), especially the way they pop in all of the choruses. Musically, I think Browntrout is sort of like a louder, faster version of early Your Pest Band. Back when they were only hinting at a 60's influence but were still very much a fast rock band.
Browntrout takes those 60's vibes, but keeps everything churning along, cramming in more hooks and more dynamic guitar until the album is practically bursting at the seems. If you can't tell, I love this damn record. I can't believe I was four years late in picking it up. Don't wait another moment longer than necessary to add to your collection to.
Browntrout - Long Good-Night: