Nightmares for a Week | Celebrations
Kingston's own Nightmares for a Week have released the follow up to 2013's Civilian War, and though bands often have an issue of living up to the acclaim of their past work, this collection of 10 tracks does not disappoint in the slightest. There are a remarkable number of very pretty moments on the record: Sugary chorus melodies and spacey, arpeggiated guitar leads add an element of palatability to the vague and widely varied term "punk." The band takes clear note and influence from artists such as the Get Up Kids and other mid-2000s Vagrant Records alumni. Stand-out tracks are the lead single "Arrows" and track three, "Summer"; the latter, like many of the album's songs, is bubbly and bouncy, with an ear-worm guitar hook and a "whoa-oh" singalong gang vocal coda. But for all the pop, there is still a decent dose of grit making for a successful melange of tones.