Release Date: Jan 22, 2013
Record label: Swami
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Garage Punk, Indie Rock
Hot Snakes - Rick Froberg = ? From the galloping beats and buzzsaw guitars that scorch through Allez Allez, you would probably guess it’s a new effort by those newly reformed rippers. Either way, fans of ex–Rocket From the Crypt majordomo John Reis will be elated at the second Night Marchers record. All can agree that it was applause-worthy (or at least note-worthy) that he retrofitted his hootenanny persona into a swami of sweet, blue-eyed soul on 2008’s See You in Magic.
The Night Marchers' second album appeared on the shelves five years after their debut album, 2008's See You in Magic, arrived to thrill fans of John "Speedo" Reis. His long career as a kickass rock & roller is well documented (Rocket from the Crypt, Hot Snakes, the Sultans), and the Night Marchers' debut did nothing to detract from his output. In fact, See You in Magic was a high point, as it was filled with typically fierce guitar-driven garage punk but also exhibited a degree of songcraft that was impressive even for Speedo.
John Reis has never been one to keep quiet. So it was no surprise when, in the wake of the end of Rockets from the Crypt and the then-end of Hot Snakes, he launched a new project in the Night Marchers. They took RFTC’s irrepressible, rockabilly-cum-face-punch rock and injected it with some of the angles and brittle charge of Hot Snakes and, before them, Drive Like Jehu.
For someone with as much restless creative energy as John Reis, the past few years have been relatively quiet for the seasoned garage rock guru. After years of overlap while juggling an impressive stable of bands, including Rocket From The Crypt, Drive Like Jehu, Hot Snakes, and the Sultans, Reis pared down his musical slate to focus exclusively on The Night Marchers, a lean, greasy garage rock outfit boasting three-quarters of the Snakes. The band’s 2008 debut, See You In Magic, fit Reis’ sonic stock like a glove, but a follow-up proved considerably slow in coming.