Published Jun 01, 2006This Hamilton, ON acts debut is a moody, temperamental album full of tantrums and fits that culminate in a frenzied climax of choppy sounds and spontaneous pummelling. Sounding like someone stuck dance punk in a blender just long enough to make it snap and wail over a few more crooked edges, Cities in Dust have taken hold of a sound that expands and quivers before breaking into a thousand fragments of shattered energy. Three years in the making, the appropriately titled Night Creatures is themed around what happens after dark, but why go out when you can stay home and listen to music like this? As soon as the opening track "TV starts out with vocalist Zach Franks spasmodic declarations, which lead into meltdowns by guitarist Simon Toye, the band dont hesitate to assert their velocity. While most songs fly by at a furious speed, "Some of My Best Friends Are Cheaters careens off into a more melodic direction but spins and twists and threatens to crack at all the right moments. Cities in Dust have tapped into something much better than the sordid nightlife this album revolves around.
What does this record convey to listeners about who you are? Frank: Were all kids, just not really sure what were doing in life. And the whole album is about going out, all the interpretive sarcasm you take in, fucking around and trying to find a path to take. So I think emotionally thats on the record and its really aggressive and I think thats where we were coming from.
Did you actually find the meaning of life in the process? Its funny because just recently I felt a lot of weight taken off with this finally being done. I think we all feel really relieved by that. But at the same time were all three years older but I guess we still do some of the same stupid things we always used to do.
How much influence did Jon Drew have over the finished product? Jon was an amazing guy to work with and he really, really got us to work well with this record. I think he understood the music that we wanted to put out and he took us by the hand and led us through making it. He wasnt holding anything back to spare feelings and I think that really helped make the record sound as good as it possibly could. (Paper Bag)