New Jersey crew Night Birds have been kicking around for some time now, doling out Descendents/Adolescents-influenced punk with tinges of Black Flag for a decade. Their latest LP is called Roll Credits, and it showcases new songwriting maturity and elevated musicianship without losing the fire that any truly great punk band should have. Across eight songs, the group nods to oddball film director Ed Wood, links up with the legendary Jerry A on the very Poison Idea–esque "Onward to Obscurity," outs a family member as a serial killer "(My Dad is the BTK"), tries on a very power-pop outfit that fits perfectly ("I Need a Torch") and goes full-throttle punk with "White Noise Machine." Roll Credits is so catchy that as the band moves from song to song, varying in approach, none of it ever tires and all of it feels incredibly urgent and fun. The entire thing speeds by in the blink of an eye, so you might catch yourself reaching for that repeat button by the time the credits are about to actually roll. Stream it above for the first time.
Night Birds are celebrating the release of the album with a gig at a secret location in Asbury tomorrow (Friday, September 21st). Fans should DM the band's Brian Gorsegner for details.