Night Riots’ third album, New State of Mind has the band doing something different. Usually the band is very brooding with bits of brightness ala The Cure’s more accessible work, but this is Night Riots with some very polished production that really makes the songs pop.
Just because these songs are sonically more vibrant than some of the band’s previous work, doesn’t mean it’s that vastly different. Travis Hawley still writes and sings with his heart on his sleeve. He always comes off as vulnerable in both and that’s what makes Night Riots’ music so relatable. Then as a producer, Hawley is very good at homing in on the band’s very specific sound. There are elements of The Cure here, but the synths with Night Riots’ guitar work sets their sound apart.
Writing, recording, and the overall release here is great, but the production/mixing/and mastering of New State of Mind is probably the best part about it. This record sounds better than anything Night Riots has ever done, the production and postproduction here is pristine and it really adds something to the music.
Night Riots latest holds up to what the band has put out previously. It’s a short ten-song record, that’s really the only lacking part of this album… it feels a little short. That aside, New State of Mind is a great record that will endear itself to the band’s following just fine.