I don’t know how music history would have varied if the 1960s were cut out of the equation, but there are a good number of bands the past 20 years that give us hints. If Little Richard sang for the Sex Pistols, it would probably sound like the Didjits (Touch n’ Go Records). If Willie Nelson was the principle songwriter for Motorhead, it would probably sound like the Supersuckers (Sub Pop Records).
And that’s what we get from the first album of the Night Marchers, See You In Magic. From the opening track, “Closed For Inventory”, it reeks of mountains of reverb and 1950’s rhythm-n-blues meshed with the intensity of the alternative rock and punk rock of the last 25 years. It’s not particularly surprising given lead singer John Reis is picking up where he left off with his especially awesome 1990s flagship band Rocket from the Crypt. This sounds like Rocket from the Crypt minus the saxophones.
See You In Magic feels like a journey through the history of rock and roll minus the hippies and psychedelia. I don’t know that music history would have been better without such elements, but this album is a solid rocker and is welcome in my CD player any hour of the day. Pick this one up.