Late Night Fights are the TKO of the rock world. Intensity is the name of the game and range is the venue. The same fighter will battle through the night, but with such vicious variety each round will annihilate the opposition.
The left hook track “Nothing to Lose” stuns the challenger, while “Galvanize” hurls a clenched fist to the jaw of the status quo. The sustained vocals of “A Beautiful Lie” slams a roundhouse kick straight to the liver and ends the fight in the first round.
The album Jousthouse is ready to go for another match up. Send in the next contender because Late Night Fights is throwing down with the rock-alt-punk track “The Only One.” Ring coaches are ulcer-ridden trying to foretell the technique of this diverse band. Patterns disappear in the bluesy rock of “Ode to Owed.” It’s thrumming beat breakdown and vibrating guitar work pump up the adrenaline and take expectations to the floor with a heavy uppercut.
Bam. Kneeling above, Late Night Fights, rains down fire with “Breaking Chains.” Screams that fall into melodic clarity slam the victim against the mat. Whack. Kapow. Walk it off, this match is finite.
“Darkest Memory” slows thing down for a water and towel break. This is the track of understanding and meditation. Here is where the mind centers and the world floats away. You can remember what it all meant, but the bad doesn’t touch you now.
From here the orchestra strings of “Dead Jesus” pull in an echoing voice and scaling clefs. The eery beauty leads into ascending octaves and intense drums. The guitar raises the track in anxious measures and stands it on a metal pedestal for rockers to worship.
Don’t think the cage-fight is over just because they took a moment in the corner to gather themselves. No, Late Nigh Fights still has their knuckles wrapped and refuses to let anyone clean the blood from them. “Detonator” advances to the cage wall, trapping with the vengeful audio. Sound the bell, this event is over. Of course, they still have their victory march to the soulful pain of “Manifest Destiny.”
The audience can’t react as the album closes out. They sit stunned by the massacre before them and thrilled by the rawness of it. They got their money’s worth and know damn-well they will never again miss a Late Night Fights’ brawl.