Nights in the Dark
Released 2nd Feb via Don Giovanni Records
“Sludgy-yet-accessible guitars chug along throughout the song, calling to mind Pinkerton-era Weezer with a bit more of a bite.”
– Consequence of Sound
California X‘s highly anticipated sophomore album Nights in the Dark will be released 2nd February 2015 in Europe via Don Giovanni Records. The new record not only stimulates the senses but it allowed the quartet to delve deeper into more conceptual work, the contrast between light and dark, contentment and longing. A follow up to their critically acclaimed eponymous debut, Justin Pizzoferrato (Dinosaur Jr, Speedy Ortiz) once again helms the engineering deck, ensuring the new record retains all the distorted overdrive of the band’s characteristic fuzzed out, hard guitar-driven sound.
Drawing on influences from 70s rock to 90s alternative, “Hadley, MA” is an epic ballad with emotive lyrical harmonies and tremendous guitar solos. Yet another example of the indie rock scuzz-meets-growling grunge that the band is revered for.
Formed by friends Lemmy Gurtowsky and Dan Jones upon relocating to Amherst, MA, California X have crafted a more mature sophomore record, that find solace in a heavy, lush and melodic home with the addition of Zach Brower on guitar and Cole Lanier on drums. An introspective vision is confronted as the band manoeuvres, seamlessly as ever, from fuzzy power chords to conceptual ballads.
“California X just goes, roaring through one deafening, full-tilt tune, stopping briefly to catch its breath, then tearing into the next.”