Losing the Light
Reviewed by: Geno Thackara
Just looking at the Nightmare Police before hearing a note, you’d probably expect something punk. They look like a group of Angry Young Men with hardcore attitudes and the tattoos to prove it. And, well, you’d be mostly right. They’re loud, heavy and their frontman Ian Washington is willing to do a lot of screaming. However, it’s not just a matter of railing against the world. Their lyrics are willing to be a bit introspective about more personal issues – the struggles of addiction or imperfect friends who might let each other down. At least any anger in there is there for a good reason.
But you don’t even need to think about it that much if you’d rather not. It’s all played with fast-thudding drums, jangly chugging guitars and some nice tight hooks made for banging heads. Washington’s shouting might get tiresome after much longer if he kept the same tone without changing things up, but the band’s brash youthful energy is more than enough to carry the almost-fifteen minutes of Losing the Light. They make a rowdy listen that’s right up the familiar catchy alley of Weezer, Fall Out Boy or Teenage Bottlerocket. It’s an energizing jolt for the ears and a nice fun way to kick off your summer.