In early 2012, we came across a band out of Las Vegas called Imagine Dragons. They had this infectious song on their major label debut EP, Continued Silence, called “Radioactive.” It was a huge success winning a couple Grammy Awards and producing an odd music video. Well, you know how YouTube works. They auto-play similar videos that are related to the original video. Up popped this cover of “Radioactive” by some band named Goodnight Argent from Pasco, a city in eastern Washington State (and if you are curious: HERE). Not only did these guys do the song justice, they sounded damn good.
Fast forward a handful of years and the guys from eastern Washington, now known as Night Argent, are on the verge of releasing the second EP of originals called The Fear via Outerloop Records. The Fear is a 6-song alternative pop lovers dream that is filled with intense, energetic pop melodies and powerhouse, gripping rock sensibilities. It is more than just anthem rock.
It is Night Argent‘s musicianship that truly drives the music. The undeniable chemistry as a band shows through as balanced with a clean and clear purpose on each track that does not necessarily follow the same formula. There are more guitar-driven songs like “Mannequin” and “Dreamcatcher” and other tracks that follow the path of more pop like the title track, “The Fear” or a more folk-rock vision like “Dream of the Ocean”.
Normally, the issue with EPs is that they are single-minded. Every track tends to sound the same with different titles, but The Fear is filled with variety and that can be a difficult thing to do in 6 songs. The soaring vocals of lead singer Chase Manhattan, Shane Santanna‘s mesmerizing guitar riffs blended with the structured, yet inventive, percussion of Zac Burrell and strong, intuitive bass work of Evan Taylor invokes the question: Why are these guys not mainstream superstars?
There is a good chance that they will be soon and we are waiting patiently for that day, but for now we are still ridiculously proud to have another Washington State band making their mark. Well done, gentlemen.
The Fear by Night Argent will be available on July 14, 2017, but you can pre-order the album on iTunes now. In the interim, check out the latest music video, “Mannequin”, below!
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