RELEASE: DARK THOUGHTS - MUST BE NICE
RECORD LABEL: Drunk Sailor Records (UK) / Stupid Bag Records (US)
RELEASE DATE: 12 Dec 2019
BAND ORIGIN: Philadelphia, PA, USA
REVIEWER: Coffee Punx
CONDITION: Coffee is cool
This will be not an impersonal review, because i really love this band, i know the members of the Dark Thoughts a little bit and it had already appeared on may top 10 of 2019. Still think all 3 LPs and 7" are just great from start to the beginning. I still love watching their live videos, they're full of energy as well as their live shows as well, check out this one: LIVE AT LOVEJAIL (FULL SET), December 1st, 2017.
I know everybody are comparing Dark Thoughts with Ramones, and Jim (guitar/vocals) said in one of the interviews to CLRVYNT: "The Ramones are the only band that we’re all interested in and that we think about.". I love this statement actually. Anyway it's not the same, or, if Ramones were active right now i wish they were at least the same as Philly's three-piece. Anyway, they have their own sound, which i will recognize in any situation.
Let's go to the release, i decided to rate releases with different categories, which are stupid, so i won't name them, this is how the rating is made in the end. Let's start with cover, it's simple as well as on first release, but it still attracts your attention from the first moment. For me, personally, the first song is almost always really important and it's just great choice to put "Hesitate" there. It's really fast almost as all releases by the band, but not as fast the first one, which is cool, they're mixing fast and slow songs, i mean there's nothing new, but still cool. I assume all the lyrics are about love, and reflecting about what's happening with a person who feel it. It's quite cool, it's still nothing new but i love those songs, they're matching with me in different periods of my life, but i guess many people would say it, people need those songs all the time. The songs order is awesome, i didn't feel that there can be anything on the different place, but i still don't know if i can say something rational about this, it sounded round and complete, that's all. And yeah, every song is a hit, at least for me, but i would highlight "Imaginary Lines" for the part "driving in the north at night", it's so fucking cool, "Do Yo Dream", "Scan The Radio", "I Can't Remember" and the last one, "Must Be Nice" is just top, i could listen to it on repeat and did it few times already.
I personally love all songs on this record and i'm already listening to it at least once a week since it came out, so, it's really top record for me. Best thing to hear in the morning with coffee to get your mood up and reflect on your life a little bit.
IT'S 10/10 CUPS.
P.S. Oh, yeah, i forgot to say, i made a podcast with Amy and Jim last summer, check it out: