This new record has the kind of bite, grit and effortlessness that calls to mind classic bands like the Replacements, Jawbreaker and Constantines. With newly hired producer Jesse Gander (Japandroids, White Lung, the Pack A.D.) at the helm, the band continue to keep things simple while expanding their instrumental arsenal to include acoustic guitar, piano, strings and organ — additions that flesh out the songs admirably. Meanwhile, singer Adam Solomonian is no longer cleaning up his vocals for the sake of the band's more "traditional" power-pop sound of past; his gravelly howl suits their new folksy-punk style, and bears a lot more character (though its relentlessness may be a bit much for some to handle).
Songs like "Back to the Bright," "All the Same" and "Violet" are the kinds of full-throated, heart-on-sleeve punk jams you may find yourself hollering toward the ceiling in a sweaty mess of PBR-soaked comrades at some point this summer, while ones like "Tomorrow" and "Sleep" find the band dialling things back a couple notches for a needed change of pace. A natural evolution for a crew of BC punk veterans, Good Night, Tomorrow is a new and different chapter for Needles//Pins that doesn't rewrite their history. (Mint)