Liverpool-based four piece The Night Café, known for their chilled guitar-led indie-pop tunes, are set to return to the music scene with their latest long-awaited EP, ‘For Better Days’, to be released on April 22nd. With the EP seeming like a musical continuation of their 2019 debut album, ‘0151’, it showcases the best of the band’s musical talents and song-writing abilities.
Lead single ‘Isn’t’ tackles tropes of love and heartbreak, and the catchy chorus ‘’I can’t stand you now’’ is bound to stick in your head, and you’ll find it hard to not play it on repeat. The track plays to the best of Sean Martin’s smooth vocals, which are paired perfectly with the instrumentation, starting out with an acoustic guitar intro before building into an anthemic guitar and drum led crescendo.
‘Think It Over’ is a track perfect for the eventual return of gigs, as you can almost picture the strobe lights flashing in tune with the punchy guitar and drum instrumentals. The steady bassline from Arran O’Connell drives the track in the verses, although the vocals do tend to blend into the background as the instruments take prominence, yet this doesn’t detract from the heartfelt lyricism in the verses.
Moving through to ‘Up All Night’, the band continue to reminisce on live music with the guitar hook looping in the background is another memorable moment which repeats in your head. Compared to ‘Think It Over’ emphasising the acoustic, ‘Up All Night’ makes the most of the electric guitar and the skills of guitarist Josh Higgins. ‘’Love is not the only answer I get when I’m thinking about you,’’ is also just one example of the excellent song-writing – taking two years to release music after 0151 definitely paid off as the sonic and lyrical quality of the tracks are of a great standard.
‘What’s It Feel Like?’ closes the EP with a typical indie feel-good track, which again uses the best of the acoustic guitar. The guitar from Higgins paired with drums from the talented Carl Dillon and bass from O’Connell once again makes for a great combination to drive Martin’s vocals.
Though a slightly more experimental musical stance from what we have already seen on ‘0151’ may have been a nice change, ‘For Better Days’ plays to The Night Café’s strength – making anthemic indie-pop songs which you can’t stop yourself from repeating. A solid EP, it proves that the future is bright for the young band and I am excited to see what is next from them.