by J.D. Reager
Goner Records' first offering from an ambitious 2010 release schedule (which includes new albums from Ty Segall, Eddy Current Suppression Ring, and Harlan T. Bobo, just to name a few) comes in the form of the debut recording by Jackson, Mississippi punk heroes, Overnight Lows.
The album, City of Rotten Eyes, is a classic example of what you'd expect from a Goner release: Blazing guitar riffs, shouted choruses, in-and-out, done. With 12 bombastic songs clocking in at just under 22 minutes, Overnight Lows are clearly not here to waste anybody's time.
The band (definitely NOT to be confused with with utterly generic alternative pop group from Los Angeles of the same name, by the way), is fronted by the husband/wife duo of Marsh and Daphne Nabors, both formerly of the Comas and Lover! (Fat Possum Records). The two trade off lead vocal duties, and their frantic back-and-forth delivery is a signature part of the Overnight Lows' sound, as is the relentless drumming of Paul Artigues. Artigues, a chef who was once featured on the Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, pounds the drums with reckless precision, matching (if not exceeding) the aggression of his counterparts at every turn. The end result of this combination is a frenetic brand of punk rock akin to the Angry Samoans, Circle Jerks, and Ramones.
According to Goner's Eric Friedl, Overnight Lows was a band that had long been on the label's wishlist.
“We'd been fans of Marsh & Daphne since their days in the Comas,” says Friedl. “They've been the Overnight Lows forever, and were famous (or infamous?) for very drunken shows where they couldn't get through songs. But we still loved them, and their songwriting has always been really good. We had been bugging the band for years before we got this out of them.”
He then adds, emphatically, “We literally cannot believe that we have an Overnight Lows record out.”