Relevant Noise

by Night Herons

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J.Smo Capturing everything that is great about uncut, uncensored, in your face garage rock, Night Herons deliver a sonic punch that comes with a healthy dose of sonic nuance, unexpected spices, and straight up rock and roll in it's most potent form. Relevant Noise is the perfect album to turn on, turn up, and just let play; it will lift your day. Favorite track: Let Me In.
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jendan Dynamic rock 'n' roll band Night Herons delivers the garage rock-based goods on its latest album.
Traditional rock compositions chug along with determination while a world-weary Barry purposefully sings the trenchant lyrics.
This may be the band's 2nd album, but the sound is pure classic American rock.
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dominicwilliams86 Relevant Noise is an album that has all of what the Dana Berry fan has come to expect from his productions. Lots of distorted, chiming guitar riffs and soaring vocals. The Night Herons do perfect as a cohesive unit and the whole album flows perfectly. The track Sunflowers reminds me of Paul Weller and the alternative rock scene. I love the vocals on it, especially the backing! All in all, a superb effort! Favorite track: Sunflowers.
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1.
Compromise 02:25
I suck at being liked, I’m fucked for being nice I’m sick of the sycophants I compromise my life, doing what I like It’s getting me nowhere And I know that life’s not easy But I know it’s not that hard All I know is I can’t take it I’m compromising everything I take it all in stride, I let it build inside I’m running on steam man I’m tired all the time, I never feel just right I’m dragged down by anchors (chorus) I wake up feeling hate, it gets me through the day I go to sleep angry Hey if you feel the same, jump up on the stage Sha-la-la-laa-laaa (chorus)
2.
The teacher waves her wand, student’s drool Roiled like frenzied sharks, they’re consumed, the fools The preacher slams his hand, the sinful wife Bleats like a slaughtered lamb, she’s confused, she’s used There’s gonna be some fighting baby There’s gonna be some loving mama The doctor makes the call, hubby comes home Just in time to find his wife is gone, the fool The barkeep slides the glass, ducks down quick The shot heard round the bar, it’s hard to miss, this shit (chorus)
3.
Blurred 04:06
London chimney pots, dark dripping bricks Everything is always blurred Styrofoam skies, platform stations Everything is always blurred Can't you see the grass grow? Can't you hear the flowers turn away? Don’t you love misery, don’t you want company? Don’t you know we’re not perfect? Don’t you walk in front of me, don’t you talk back to me Don’t you know we’re not perfect? Grafitti ivy grows, billboard faces Everything is always blurred Can't you see the grass grow? Can't you hear the flowers turn away? (chorus)
4.
Wildfires 03:30
Don’t tease me, I want to come over It’s like I’m blown by the wind As long as I see you, I know I’m not drowning Please believe me, I want to be good Wildfires, singed by the wind, wildfires You smoke in the silence, watching the airplanes going to places you wish you had went The ashtray she gave you, holds your regrets now The sun sets quickly when you don’t notice it (chorus)
5.
Sunflowers 04:40
Sunflowers inside, makes me feel high, takes me away Sunflowers remain, blooming inside, keeping me sane I feel alright, I feel alright, I feel alright I keep running away, I can barely stand up I keep running away, I can barely stand it Sunflowers inside, leave it behind, I float away Sunflowers they sway, dancing inside, I feel alive (chorus)
6.
Glaciers 03:34
I feel the ice, under my skin It spreads like fire into my head I see ice floats gathering, a shaky path is all I need But every step’s a burning hole, once I fall I can’t return Now it’s time to let it go, I wanna feel alive Apologies multiply Lethargy intensifies When the glaciers melt away, they leave scars in the rock I hear the words that crack the walls, I’m not running from this spot (chorus)
7.
Let Me In 06:39
Kind of feels like shame, I know it’s just a minor thing Just the final thoughts of a king All you have is doubt, you wear it like a coat of ice But you still can’t hide from the wind You sound terrified, you’re like that all the time You look hypnotized Simple hollow lies, leave a trail of slimy thoughts Gathering in pools of blame Bent weather vane points to a fallen sign All the paths we cross wash away You sound terrified, you’re like that all the time You look hypnotized You gotta fight the feeling, you gotta let me in (2x) Heavy on the sauce, light on the feeling pain Half full of empty promises Selfish gray clouds cover up the morning sun All we have to do is wait (chorus)
8.
Effigies are everywhere Swimming through the swollen air Dancing hydras block the sun The whirlpool sucks me underneath The mosh pit spits me out complete Black eye, no shirt, I’m alive Kind of feels like a breakdown When everybody holds your hand Kind of feels like a breakdown Handstands on the edge of cliffs Parachuting through the mist It’s a stunt man state of mind Everybody makes amends Stumbling through the darkened rooms Counting steps until they fall (chorus) Nobody understands I just want to feel
9.
2x2 04:10
Some days I feel like ether, some days I feel like lead Everyday I look in the mirror, everyday it’s a different guy I see the world in 2 by 2, I know it’s tired but it’s true Sometimes I get excited, sometimes I wanna die Every picture tells a story, every story tells a lie I see the world in 2 by 2, I know it’s tired but it’s true I know you’re out there feeling like I do I know you’re trying, that’s all we can do I know you’re wasted, I see it every day I know you’re trying, that’s all we can do
10.
Blue River 03:37
City lights hang like stars around me Pissin’ wind scatters dreams down alleys Cardboard beds of unlucky men in slavery Bloodshot eyes reflect the lies we’re living Blue river, blue river Your luck is running out, you’re getting swept away You never had a chance, the river has its way Rolling doors covered in graffiti Desperate signs trampled by our progress Liquor stores sucking in the needy It’s always someone else’s problem (chorus) Fear of the darkness, sun washed away Feels like decay, rivers run away The postcard lies of sunny skies are peeling Suburbans roll over sleeping corpses Sequeways cruise through the human zoo now Beauty has an ugly reputation (chorus)
11.
Bad Idea 03:56
I feel like I’m never right just a fool in another game set me up to take me down never find me underground I know something’s wrong It’s like a bad dream Last night wasn’t right Have I come too late? It’s a bad idea I feel like I doubled down I took a dive in another round Now I know I gotta win, tape me up and send me in I know you have bad friends That like to take you there Did you go with them? Should I come with you? It’s a bad idea Gotta feeling I can’t escape Gotta feeling in my brain Gotta feeling it’s a big mistake Gotta feeling I can’t escape
12.
Stay Awake 04:13
Someone’s got to stay awake, they’re waiting for a chance Everything is wrong again, they’re right outside the door Someone’s in your head again, you thought you got away The feeling has a familiar face, your nightmare has a name The sun creeps across your face someone has to pay Everybody makes mistakes that’s all I have to say
13.
Razorblade 04:10
Wintertime feels just like an empty page That has no end – it’s all I want Broken things gather dust in that room Behind your mind – it’s all I find In my heart I’ve got a razorblade Someone left it there to rust Summertime an empty field overgrown With vacant thoughts – it’s all I know Holes in walls, seen it all in Kodachrome Memories – it’s all too much (chorus)
14.
10,000 Women 02:30
10,000 women waiting in a line every night they’re out there waiting for Mr. Right everybody’s talking ‘bout the fun they had last night nobody wondering just when they’re gonna get it right 10,000 losers sitting on the bench every day they’re out there waiting for their big chance (chorus)
15.
Overload 03:46
I know what you like, you feed on every sigh I tear myself in two, just to get rid of you I can’t see you coming up the road I can't feel you, feels like overload It’s all in my head, just like you all said I never lock the door, you're coming through the keyhole I can’t see you coming up the road I can’t feel you, feels like overload I can’t take it, I see you all time Why can't you leave me, can't you see I'm done? I don’t believe you when you say you're done I can’t take it, I see you all time I can’t take it, I see you all time I don’t need to feel you, touch you, heal you I see you all the time I don’t need it, feels like overload

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RELEVANT NOISE is the second Night Herons' recording. We're happy that all of our influences congealed into an album that is diverse yet cohesive. The collaboration between the three of us became almost effortless as the songs grew from individual ideas or organically out of jamming together.

We recorded the tracks in our rehearsal studio in Oakland with a few condenser mics and some Shure 57 & 58's run through a Mackie board into an old interface. We enlisted friend and audio wizard Mark Gordon to mix the album. He took the flat tracks to another sonic level and got the sound we were looking for, somewhere between the Stooges, Stones and Matthew Goode. Thank you Mark!

We would also like to thank Dave Leonard, Mason Holding and Brad Assenzio for helping out on bass and Shea Breaux Wells for her vocals on Let Me In.

Although Larry has moved to Chicago, Night Herons just played a successful record release show and is planning on more shows and possible tours. RELEVANT NOISE stands as a testament to how much fun music can be when three friends get together and just let go.

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released June 27, 2017

Music written and arranged by Night Herons (D. Berry, M. Assenzio, L. Huene).
Recorded in Oakland, at our space on our gear.
Dana Berry - vocals, drums, guitar
Mike Assenzio - guitar, bass
Larry Huene - guitar, drums
Mixed by Mark Gordon.
Produced by Dana Berry.

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Night Herons are an Oakland, CA alternative rock band. Comprised of singer and drummer Dana Berry and guitarist Mike Assenzio, the duo has just recorded their third album, Heavy Swell. Along with bassist Dave Leonard and guitarist Kedar Patel, the band is excited to perform these new songs. With original member Larry Huene, the band formed in 2013 and released two albums before Heavy Swell. ... more

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