Goodnight Tonight are: Emily Gambone leads on the vocals and guitar, Holly Camp is on the bass and Logan McNeal on drums and vocals. Goodnight Tonight are a3 piece pop-rock band from Kent, Ohio. I’ve never been to Ohio but hey the Rock n Roll Hall of fame is there? This might just be the perfect locale to explore the upbeat, sunny, catchy realm of musical expression. This latest EP “Watch the Rain” delivers all of the above and will reveal all the a-typical conventions of today’s modern pop-music that so many adore. This creates a solid sonic space for the listener to bask in. The first track “The Only Thing I Know” lifts off the ground smoothly and is an impressive kickoff statement. It’s remarkably easy to listen, and gravities you right away like a magnet. All songs present a stunning collection of melodic and hooky music that slowly runs the gamut and has much to offer insofar as impressive music and captivating vocals. This make the listener feel right at home, but most songs color outside the lines of pop. I say this because Goodnight Tonight is not afraid to talk and sing about topics that aren’t as poppy as you would think. With the EP title and song titles like “Thuderstorm” and “Poison” what would you expect. I don’t mean this in a dark way but some of the topics are a bit stark and serous – not so carefree as one would expect. I would humbly recommend the Goodnight Tonight gang lighten up in this area and have more fun.
Musical comparable for me include The Fray, Bright Eyes, Thriving Ivory, and Broken Social Scene. ON the other side of the sonic spectrum I Can also hear: We are the In Crowd, Cassadee Pope, Automatic Love letter, Tonight Alive and VersaEmerge. One cannot help but admire artists with strong songwriting skills and truthful conviction all the while demonstrating a strong a level of creativity. One senses a growing ambition as this EP advances. Gambone’s appealing vocals hit the mark and with intellectually stimulating lyrics providing a very real and powerful source of inspiration. The musicianship is rock steady and the overall production value tows the line. All in all this is a fresh, hot 3 piece band from Ohio.
This 6 song EP called “Watch the Rain” presents a solid set of songs. Speaking of which notable standouts for me include: Poison, Back on my Feet Again and Thunderstorm.
If you want a solid pop rocking staple there’s something on this record for you. Obviously many will fall head over heels with Goodnight Tonight. This is one band that’s set up rather well for mainstream success this year. Some of this plays into strong marketability potential world wide. Some pieces present more modern sounding overtones but despite all this the flavor possess traditional Rock n’ Roll textures. This is really what makes GT so enticing to me personally. Goodnight Tonight possesses an impressive and youthful look and sound. “Watch the Rain” grants you rare access to peer into the soul of a an artist not so tormented but rather easy going and positive – from a deep, thought provoking, melancholy pop-rock perspective shall we say.
Final Rating: 9/10
Review by Blake Reilly edited by J.J. McCall
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