EP Review: Sonic Nights- Mirrors (Remastered)

2351259238-1Sonic Nights is made up of brothers Tom and Arthur Lohrmann and blends Pop, Dance, 1970’s Pop and Alternative elements. Produced by Sean Small, who has previously worked with the Friday Night Boys, ‘Mirrors’ has been remastered for official release and is now available on the duo’s website for just $5 (just over £3). The band’s music style is inspired by the likes of Jimmy Eat World and The Starting Line and Fountains of Wayne.

Blasting typical Pop Punk that would be perfectly at home on a Fountains of Wayne album, it almost comes across that Sonic Nights have taken their influences to heart than they come across very clearly in their music. The rhythmic guitar and simplistic drumming (as well as signature exaggerated American accent), ‘The Girl Next Door’ is made up of everything on the checklist for a Pop Punk track. Despite this, the duo have said that it was one of the most difficult songs for them to write, which is hard to believe given the straightforward structure of it. Right down to the instrumental breakdown towards the end of the track and the general relationship-overview lyrics, ‘It feels good, but it’s not right’, the All-American Rejects inspiration is difficult not to spot.

‘Back in My Head’ reflects a well-engineered band in the sense that they know who they are as artists, but fail to bring anything ground-breaking to the table. Their work is harmless but comes across as uninteresting because of almost unenthusiastic harmonies and a dull melody throughout the song.

Keeping with the trend of typical Pop Punk, ‘Friday Night’ tells the story of a summer romance and questions how the relationship might either develop or end when the summer season is over. Sonic Nights have basically done what Blink-182 did in their earlier days, but this time round, it’s all been done before and is frankly a snoozefest when it’s nowhere near as good. The most captivating part of the track is the feeble attempt at different vocals during the final breakdown, which is a stereotypical tool used in music formed to play live to get the crowd going.

However, ‘Lead You On’ does show some musical maturity and variety with heavier guitaring and less Pop-style vocals, with Sonic Nights claiming that their main inspiration for the track is Rage Against the Machine. Its overall production is more unusual and the stop-start, rapid motion of the melody draws the listener in. But the vocals become tedious due to the severe lack of vocal range illustrated.

 ‘All These Monsters’ also brings some heavier components into play and tells the tale of forming habits in your life and idolising others, reflecting the idea that addiction is a form of monster that is difficult to dispose of. Musically, it is impressive that these tracks are composed by just two people rather than being created by an entire band. Despite the Metal vibes, Sonic Nights seem to aim to make music as musically-arrogant but interesting as Muse, but simply lack the unique qualities.

The duo make use of many a catchy hook and riff but fail to reflect unusual elements through most of the EP. Sonic Nights have created somewhat dynamic music, but there’s just no spark brought about by something distinctive.

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3 comments on “EP Review: Sonic Nights- Mirrors (Remastered)

  1. Have to disagree with you on your review. Throw out your comparison list and just let the music play. I hear layers of guitars, melodies, countermelodies, and harmonies. The production is interesting and rock solid. The songs have good breaks and change-ups. Keep your eye on this band. When a band puts out an EP these days, it usually means they’re geared up to release more music. By the time you’ve figured out who they “sound like”, they’ll have evolved with their original music.

  2. I think the review was quite balanced over all, although obviously leaning towards negative. The reviewer did point out the positive qualities of the tracks, enough to make me go and check them out. The article also highlighted what the reviewer percieved as weaknesses, albeit in a typical “want to be a guardian critic” style. That is not necessarily a bad thing. Bands have to be brave about positive and negative responses to their music, dig a little deeper and within this review is some fair comment and constructive feedback that the band may want to consider. Wasn’t it the Stones manager that said all publicity is better than no publicity?

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