NIGHT LUNCH - Wall of Love LP
- Label: OTHER LABELS
- Catalog Number: CLR02
- Availability: In Stock
Out October 9th, 2020. Run of 200 12” 45rpm record (140g), full colour jacket.
FFO: Lee and Nancy, The Carpenters, Rose McDowell, Alan Vega
At long last Night Lunch arrives on vinyl. Wall of Love is a
confirmation of the towering talents of this honourable crew, long
labouring with love in the Montreal underground. The members of Night
Lunch have toiled in the shadowy corners of QC’s own sin city, enriching
its DIY scene for the better part of a decade, manifesting in such
esteemed combos as Baked Goods and The Marlees. Now as Night Lunch,
their retro-futurist sex-syrup concoction is fully realized; patented,
potent, and keenly produced; emerging from the lo-fi mud to reveal a
shimmering gem of pop immortality.
Lead track 'Your Body' is a rehash of one of the standouts from Baked
Goods’ Basement Glam CS which made waves back in 2012, and with wider
tape it shines here like the cult-hit-radio-smash single it was fated to
be, Lukie Lovechild’s vocals soaring with rapturous melody, and warm
synth subbing in for the infectious guitar hook. ‘Motorhome’ quickly
follows, introducing Marlee Kay’s moonlit vocals over instrumentation
that is haunting and inviting, light and heavy. By this point it becomes
clear the group has developed an aura all their own, fusing three
quarters of a century of rock majesty to the echoing sounds of the
Montreal underground. The nostalgia of 80's synth ‘n keys are a definite
inspiration for this group, but unlike many acts that seek to revive
that trend, Night Lunch comes from a place of timeless pop sensibility,
as displayed in the manic croon and rolling doo-wop of 'Five Lies'.
Instrumental 'Pumpkin' starts as a space age bachelor pad lounger à la
Esquivel, briefly bursting into fuzzy theme rock for colour TV. 'Long
time woman' hints at a non-derivative Fleetwood Mac influence, easily
rivaling MTL superstars TOPS in the sophisti-pop realm, but without the
shallow, trendy lacquer; you could conceive Night Lunch as retro
soft-rock because of their comfortable extraction of widely-beloved
elements of decades past, but there's a directness to these songs and
performances that will please even the most jaded of rockers. ‘Darlene’
ushers in a rootsy swagger wedded to the grandeur of Roy Orbison; an
inclination that also strongly inflects the closing title track.
Not many groups are capable of comfortably making cameos in both Back To
The Future II and Jim Jarmusch's Mystery Train, as Night Lunch are.
Should this press release be written on typewriter or tablet? This,
however, does not mean their vision is unclear, though they may be the
kind to wear their dirty sunglasses at night. A wingspan which
encompasses past, present, and future is key to their opening a portal
of eternity. Any dissonance this historical conundrum evokes in the
listener serves only to disarm critical faculties and incite pure
pleasure; serving up sophisticated sonic depravity; a rock n roll buffet
under the foggy full moon. Night Lunch has evolved from lo-fi synth
obscuros into Adult Rock/Pop generalists, indicative of their ability to
not only survive but thrive in multiple niches, uniting the fragmented
field of DIY in this siloed age. Until Night Lunch can return to a
shadowy stage near you, Wall Of Love will have them lurking in your
dreams; slow-dancing with your unconscious mind.
All songs by Night Lunch. Night Lunch is Lukie Lovechild-guitar/vocals,
Marlee Kay-bass/vocals, Wesley Dunphy-keys, Sailor-Drums. All songs
recorded at the Bottle Garden by Peter Woodford except ‘Your Body’ and
‘Long Time Woman’ recorded by Peter Bowering at MOD Studio, Mixed by
Peter Bowering, Masterd by Josh Boguski at Studio Parc, photo by Olga
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