It was such a disappointment to see Neighborhood Brats go on hiatus in 2015. I really enjoyed all their output to that point (a couple of EP’s and one full length). Luckily for me the band see the error of their ways and decided to start anew. With a new drummer and bass-player that is. That has not influenced the Neighborhood Brats sound too much it seems. The three tracks offered on Night Shift are classic Neighborhood Brats. This also means the EP is over before you know it: everything is still loud, fast and with a strong sense for catchy melodies.
There is a certain trend visible in their career so far: Jenny Angelillo is focusing more and more on channeling her energy aiming to sing instead of almost screaming and the guitar sound is evolving every release. To my ears this means the band or to be more precise, their sound, is slowly but surely evolving from hardcore to more punk territory. It still fast and brought with a great sense of urgency, new however, is that there seems to be room for some subtlety (mind you: this term is used very loosely here).
These three tracks were enough to make me happy to see this band returning to the front again, but not enough to sate my hunger. Really, three songs is not enough, I want more! Oh, and one other thing: please visit the Netherlands on the next Euro-tour?
8.0 / 10
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