Midnight Pitch Shift
Name: Night Manager
Where they’re from: Brooklyn, Paris
Genre: noise pop
Sounds like: flannel and cake frosting
Favorite Lyric: “Oooh-ooh-ooh”
The fuzzy, hooky tunes of Night Manager hinge on a teasing mix of ’60s pop and ’90s grunge punctuated by the signature wanton ooh-oohs of Parisian frontwoman Caitlin Seager. That’s a good enough reason to like them, but here’s another reason: For a Brooklyn band in that vein, the songwriting offers strange and surprising subtleties. Their recent single “Broke Haircut,” for example, is that rare creature, not a summer anthem, but a springtime one. The woozy track was released in May and seems appropriate to that lightheaded season, but we’re still playing it now, due in large part to its quirks.
Like a lot of new Brooklyn bands, they’ve got a bright, catchy sound, but it conceals a hint of gloom — you know, that Lynchian vibe that suggests things are not as they seem. Unlike some of their classmates, the quintet is also messy and loud enough to be fun and memorable, especially live. Their shows have an unpredictability that makes the group worth checking out more than once. They can be almost twee when they play a laid back set. They can also get so loud and blown out it sounds like a garage band ineptly covering My Bloody Valentine. (Trust us when we tell you the latter scenario is a wonderful thing.)
They’re currently on an East Coast/Midwest tour of the US with Total Slacker and they’ve earned their indie rock bona fides with a soon-to-be-posted Daytrotter session. Or maybe that happened when their Ghost EP came out on Japan’s Big Love Records with distribution through Rough Trade. (To put that in Scrabble terms, a Japanese record label plus Rough Trade is like the triple word score of indie music.) Whatever the case, this band has been rising … and eating pizza. But mostly rising.