Label: Anchorless Records - ALR011,SP Records - none,Get Outta Town Records - GOT019 • Format: CDr EP, Limited Edition • Country: US • Genre: Rock • Style: Punk
Staff Review. Reviewer Rating. User Rating. When No Harm Done was still an active force, I was only a casual listener. I am pretty sure I did my best to ignore them. I remember being stupidly jealous that they were out touring at such a young age and I was rotting in my room, being a boring teenager too afraid of hard work.
But for what they were, they were undoubtedly a good melodic hardcore band. The first post-break-up project that I've heard, Nightlights, is more in in line with the Latterman variety. Track 3, "Bluffington" Are You The Keymaster? - Nightlights - Long Way Home almost Latterman by-the-book--the vocal intro, the open strings, the octave leads, the palm-muted verse It is by no means an exact rip-off, but the influence is very much on their sleeves.
They cite the Menzingers as an influence as well, and I hear a little of that too. However, my favorite song is the least Latterman-sounding one: "Are You the Keymaster" reminds me more of Braid-esque chords on top of Small Brown Bike's flow. It's a heavy track in that post-hardcore way, and makes for a clear standout.
If I were writing for Nightlights, Nicmor - Resistance would definitely write more songs like this. But that's because it has its own Identity--like I said, this sounds an awful lot like their influences. For a debut EP, I think it's excusable to be that forward. There's really no doubt in Raga - Stress - Restraint mind that when it's time for a followup or full-length, they'll deliver.