Album review: NIGHT BY NIGHT – NxN

Nikk Gunns caught up with Ben and Damien from the band at their album launch on 17 July when they talked about their influences and hopes for the future.  (6:26)

Night By Night - NxN

Sun Hill Production/Cargo Records [Release date 14.07.14]

So far 2014 has been a great year for new music, whether it be from established artists or newer bands the standard of albums being released proves that, far from suggested, rock music is very much alive and kicking.

One of the best new bands I have encountered, and indeed one of the best debut albums that I have heard for a good 20 years, is Night By Night’s ‘NxN ‘- modern sounding, melodically strong and encompassing some great influence , this album is set propel the band forward in a big way.

Originally formed in 2008 by guitarist Ben Christo (Sisters of Mercy) and bassist Jonny Thornton it was in 2012 that the band were joined by former Voodoo Six frontman Henry Rundell and the current line up was cemented.

It is the members of Night By Night and their earlier work that has helped to create their sound, whether it be drummer Damien Diablo’s time in heavier bands like One Dice and Brotherhood of the Lake, guitarist Tom Daniel’s folk project or the various members appearances helping out the likes of F.M, New Device and Vega.

From their first Camden gig in 2008 through support slots with the likes of Europe,  The Quireboys, Heaven’s Basement and Warrior Soul, and with solid sets at both Hard Rock Hell and Download Festivals, the band has built up a great live reputation and this has now led to the release of album ‘NxN’.

The album features 10 tracks that range from the slower ‘If Only’ to ‘Never Die Again’- the latter going from a dramatic opening into an epic like song that competes with the likes of Avenged Sevenfold and Sebastian Bach would be proud to call his own.

The influences on the band are easy to read and there are some great Whitesnake style guitars here and there and the guitar work in general is stunning throughout the album- combine this with well written songs, great vocals and big choruses and you can see why ‘NxN’ appeals.

‘Time To Escape’ is the perfect introduction to Night By Night, ‘Everywhere Tonight’ has the old school melodic sensibilities of Def Leppard, ‘Siren’ also has touches of Leppard and Tesla and then you get the double whammy of ‘A Thousand Lies’ and ‘It’s Not Faith’. The album is completed by ‘Can’t Walk Away’, ‘The Moment’ and the excellent ‘Holding On To Holding On’- there really is not a weak moment within ‘NxN’.

What Night by Night have achieved here is to create an album that will appeal to a wide spectrum of music fans. The album fits in nicely alongside younger bands such as The Treatment and Heaven’s Basement yet will also appeal to fans of early ‘80’s AOR, hair metal and newer heavier bands.

‘NxN’ is released on the 14th July and will no doubt be followed by live dates – I suggest you keep an eye out for these as this is one band that are well worth a listen.  *****

Review by Nikk Gunns

Gig review: The Borderline Thursday 17 July 2014

When a band releases a debut album as strong as Night by Night’s “NxN” there is always a risk that they will not live up to it in the live environment. That is definitely not the case here as the band proved at their recent album launch at London’s Borderline.

Delivering a tight and solid set, and with a level of musicianship that is normally reserved for arenas, it wouldn’t surprise me if Night By Night crack the American market in a way that not many British bands do.

The band’s 9 song set comprised of “Time To Escape”, recent single “A Thousand Lies”, “Can’t Walk Away”, “Siren”, “If Only”, “Holding On”, “The Moment” and “Never Die Again”. The encore being a jaw droppingly good version of Aerosmith’s “Love In An Elevator”.

Do yourself a favour and check out Night By Night’s new “NxN” album and if you get the chance to catch them live then you really should – you won’t be disappointed.

Review by Nikk Gunns



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