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Nightbummerz (New Music 2016) 

Dark and gloomy vibes, with some levity between the droning.

click to enlarge BEN BATES
  • Ben Bates

What does Nightbummerz like about playing loud? "It drowns out the booing," says Grace Stratton, one-third of the gloomy post-punk band Nightbummerz. With lifelong friends Cameron Evans (guitar/vocals) and Alex Seminick (drums), both of whom Stratton met at a Freak Heat Waves show last year, Nightbummerz released a self-titled debut in April with tracks titled "Goth Baby Gate," "Occasional Hell" and "Empty Language." Dark, dudes. It's a study in bands like Olympia Splendid, Jerry Hunt and Nu Sensae. And so Nightbummerz conjures vibes that feel like the darkest of the Plastic Factory era, rusty strings and the excruciating ennui of life. And yet there's still some levity in the droning, care of spastic, jumpy interludes. Sometime this summer, the trio will be releasing a split-tape and going on tour with Glitterclit. What do they like about the darkness? "Everything near becomes far."

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